The pharmacy told my grandma she would have to pay $4500.00 to pick up her script of forteo.Dr said that there is no way it costs that much. Any info on the price or how to get it cheaper would help. Thanks
Her doc is out of touch I think, I pen is about $1000 so if she had more then one, it could be that much. Who in the name of God can afford that for medicine? Her doc can prescribe something cheaper for her, that's for sure. There are also places to get help paying for meds. The CoPay Relief Program 1-866-512-3861 or www.copay.org; or Suddenly Senior www.suddenlysenior.com/patientassistantprograms.html; or Needy Meds www.needymeds.org; and Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org www.freemedicine.com www.access2wellness.com
My niece is a Pharmacist so I asked her... she told me that the lowest price that she knows of for Forteo for a 1 month supply is between $400 and $500.. so if your grandma was given more than a months supply then it is possiable to cost this much. Some drug companies do offer assistance for people who can't afford the medications that they need so I would contact the company that makes the drug ans see about getting assistance for your grandma so that she can get the medicine that she needs. It is such a shame that the elderly have to deal with such high prices for their meds!!! My grandparents have the same problem! My grandma died a few years ago from ovarian cancer, but during her illness they had soooo many problems paying for her medicines... she was lucky because my family and I were able to help her and now my 91 yr old grandfather who is also having problems paying for his meds... but he is receiving assistance from some of the drug companies so please try this... and God Bless your Grandma... :) I hope that things work out for her :)
That is outrageous! I take Forteo & when I first started it, it was about $1,200 a month for a 28 day supply of shots, but a mail order pharmacy called Medco.com will overnight the prescription packed in ice by UPS for I think they told me $600.00. You can go online & check with them. Just have her doctor write a new script & call them. They will walk you thru the process. Nevermind what I just said. Here is their phone # 1-800-473-3455, or 1-877-894-6133 You can talk to a pharmacist & they will give you all that info. It may be a different price since I have an insurance discount, but there is a patient assitance program for Forteo with Eli Lilley as my friend Rajive also told you. Your doctor will have to fax the script to Medco & they will give you that # & info for your doctor to fax them the script. It's way cheaper than most all other pharmacies, especailly local ones. Does she have Medicare part D or any other prescription insurance...
CVS quoted $1200 per pen (month) in January 2011. My Medicare HMO denied coverage on the first pass, but after my doctor insisted, they approved it. My cost would have been $200 per pen under medicare coverage at that time. My T number was -4.3 and -3.8 in two vertebrae, which justified the coverage from medicare. I don't know what numbers are required.
I applied for Eli Lilly assistance and was approved for free pens for two years. My income is from SS and from withdrawals from a 401k. I had to submit my previous federal tax return. I was not asked for the amount of my savings or 401k. I have never required assistance of any kind, but was so grateful for this, as my retirement plan is squeaky at best.
- Forteo Information for Consumers
- Forteo Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Forteo (detailed)
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