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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Allergy Meds Assistance

Managed care makes me want to growl sometimes. Whether you're a patient or a provider we've all experienced frustrations with the system. Recently, my daughter was prescribed a daily asthma medication that wasn't covered by our Health Insurance (at all). They were willing to pay for a generic, but there is no generic for this drug. I'm not one to take things lying down when it comes to my children's well being. I contacted the pharmaceutical company and sure enough they had a Patient Assistance Program. The story has a happy ending (no growling only purring). My daughter will be receiving allergy meds for free delivered to our doorstep.

A word of caution about Patient Assistance Programs, don't abuse them. Not everyone will qualify for the program. Income guidelines (that take family size into account) and type of/lack of insurance are qualifiers.If you have a prescribed medication that isn't covered (or is barely covered) consider contacting the pharmaceutical company directly. If you qualify, you'll be able to breathe easier knowing you're covered.

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