I've been taking Kadian 200 mg - 2/day for close to 4 years and as of 5/1/12 I no longer have medical/prescription insurance. I live on disability income and it is way less than the $2,300 for a monthly script that I am being quoted. I have about 20 days left on my current script and I seriously doubt I would survive stopping cold turkey. Is here any place one can go to for help? I would consider that I am on a pain management plan for 2 medical conditions that I have.
The first thing to try is to call the manufacturer to see if they have a patient assistance program and ask how to get started. Some manufacturers offer meds to financially strapped patients for free or reduced cost. If the manufacturer doesnt offer a program or it is still too expensive, there are a few other options you can try. There is the Co-Pay Relief Program at telephone # 1-866-512-3861 or online at www.copay.org and Suddenly Senior (you dont have to be a senior to use this program so dont let the name fool you!) online at www.suddenlysenior.com/patientassistanceprograms.html and also Needy Meds online at www.needymeds.org, and finally Partnership for Prescription Drug Assistance at tele # 1-888-477-2669 or online at www.pparx.org. Start contacting help right away because some programs can take a while to get going. Look on the Drugs A-Z section for your Kadian and scroll down to find the manufacturer and see if there is a number listed. Under the professional description, they often list manufacturer and sometimes the ph#. If it isnt there, check the FDA website-they should have the manufacturer and how to contact them. Did you ask your Dr about samples? Sometimes Drs get drug samples from drug reps and may be able to provide you with some samples to get you by a little while. good luck!!
5 hrs ago I wrote out what I will again attempt to get posted, minus what dzoobaby has already posted. Lord knows what happened to my previous post. The manufacturer is Actavis US. I will see if I can find their phone number and web site for you and post it later. The other option you have if getting help fails, is getting your doc and pharmacist in on it. There are other options for meds for you. MS Contin is considerably cheaper and is time release morphine. I understand the idea of extended release meds in pain management, however they are usually much more expensive then the short acting. Short acting morphine is alot cheaper then either option. Going without a pain med, is not an option, even if you weren't dependent on it.
- Kadian Information for Consumers
- Kadian Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Kadian (detailed)
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