Cost of Forteo

Has anyone found a source to purchase Forteo for less than $900 a month? I'm asking about the total cost (patient co-pay plus insurance company payment).

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LibbyDibby: I'm a bit confused about your question, do you have insurance? Eli Lily has a assistance program for those who qualify, but you would have to look into it to see if it applies to you. If you qualify they sell Forteo to you at a fixed price per month. It's called Lily Cares and can be found at their website.

Good Luck...

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I don't qualify for assistance. I've priced Forteo at five or six places and everyone is over $900. The reason I ask about total price is because it has an impact on my insurance.

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Libby,

I was looking into it as well awhile back. I decided not to risk taking it. But if you are interested there is a pharmacy in Canada that has it cheaper. I can send you the information if you like. I am actually getting my actonel thru them. It is costing me 1/3 of the price I would pay in the U.S. They contacted my Dr and he agreed. You can also google Canda drugs and you will find several that sell it. Good luck! Your right the more you put on your insurance premium the more they raise the price!

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Hi Floridagal: How are you doing on the Actonel and HRT? Glad you have a nice caring doc now. I was wondering where you saw Forteo for sale in Canada? Forteo isn't approved for sale in Canada, as far as I know, so I'm curious how a pharmacy could advertise it. I've finished taking Forteo but curious about it for a friend. The only thing I can find on it, is that it's not available for sale in Canada.

The actonel you get from the Can Pharm, does it look exactly like the actonel here as far as packaging goes? If you never had the rx filled in the US you can see a picture of it at Proctor and Gambles website, or did you say you had the rx insert for it?

Let me know about the Forteo and Actonel-okay?

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Windblown,

Hi, I apologize I was wrong , it is the reclast that you can get from Canada. It is 900.00 verses the 2100 here, but then I am not sure you would save cause you still have to have someone administer it? I will have to look into it. If I find anything out I will let you know.
The Actenol looks pretty much the same. Yes there is an insert with it. I am not doing real well on it Severe heartburn, I go on the once a week dose in about another week, I am anxious to see if the lower dose is any better. My doc says I cannot stay on it if the heartburn continues. I don't know what I will do if that happens. I am scared to death of the reclast and I also cannot afford 2100 a yr. I guess time will tell. Canadadrugs.com is where I am buying the Actenol. It is generic and costs about 1/3 of what it does here. They are supposed to be coming out with it in the U.S. soon, I just don't know when.

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windblown what is HRT?

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Windblown,

Never mind I just realized Hormone rep therapy? I am doing fine on that. I have taken it before and never had any problems. Thanks for asking.

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Hi Floridagal: Thanks for the info... You should do much better on the weekly dose than you did on the monthly due to the strength of it. I told you about my probs with Actonel, so if I had to take the monthly dose, as convenient as that sounds, I'm sure the reaction would have been more intense, so I hope the lower dose works well for you. Glad you're able to get it at a cheaper price. Would you say that the quality of Actonel is the same in Canada? I need to find some alternatives to glaucoma drops, which are very expensive, and I don't have the option of stopping them since the pressure would go back up in my eyes and I *could* loose some or all of my vision. It's nuts went you have to take a med for something that is absolutely necessary, and it *doesn't* come in generic. I tried to get a discount on my eye drops, but I have insurance, it just doesn't cover this particular med when you are in the coverage gap in Medicare. Your between a rock and a hard place. My insurance will pay for the drops until I reach the coverage gap aka donut hole, then they don't pay a dime. Luckily my ophthalmologist will give me samples every time I see him for this reason, since he says I "can't" stop taking it. I've been on this med since the late 80's, and I did go off of it a couple of times due to the price, and I sustained peripheral vision loss from doing that, so I can't do that again if I can help it. So I'm going to look into the Canadian Pharms for these drops as well as some other meds that only come in Brand name-No generic available. My monthly rx bills are crazy, even with insurance. Last question, what is the general consensus on using Canadian Pharms, are they the same med and are they safe provided by the actual manufacturer, or are they some kind of knock off of it?

Good Luck...

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Hi Windblown,

I have been buying synthriod from Canada for many yrs. I have never had any problems with it. They test my blood every 6 months, so I guess if I wasn't getting what I needed it woudl show up. Also, my Dr. approved getting it from Canada. I told him I cannot afford it and how much cheaper I could get it in Canada. The phamacy actually called the Dr.'s office. I just purchases the synthroid in the U.S. for the first time as it is now cheaper here since they came out with the generic. I also have been using the Canada pharmacy for yrs. It is convenient. I fax my Rx and receive it right in the mail which is also nice. The only draw back is that you cannot put anything you buy towards your deductable if you have one. For me it has saved me a lot of money over the yrs. Good Luck hope you can get your eye drops. If you call them , they can tell you if they carry them and how much they would be. If you dont' have access to a fax , the Dr. will fax it to them if you ask. Good Luck! I totally understand what you mean about the cost of things. Keep me posted. Here is the phone number for them if you want to call. 1-800-can-drug or 1-800-226-3784.

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Hello,

I go through Curascripts for my forteo; they handle specialized drugs. 866 848 9870. Very nice to deal with. The cost is around $700 and my co-pay each month is $25. I hope you have medical.

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Dear Libby,
I also found the cost of forteo to be prohibative. Eli Lily's program is not an option for most people-you have to be destitute. Just realize the med is very effective taken daily. Because of the cost, My Dr told me I could get the same results taking it every 2-3 days. That was not true and my bones went back practically to what they had been before forteo. The best thing I found to help me was the Dr. would give me "samples" of the med from Lily. It was a full monthly pen just like you buy at the pharmacy. It's worth asking your Dr especially if they are a specialist in osteoporosis. They get those "samples" to give to patients they are just starting on the med.

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I get my medications through Medco, the company that prescribes medication to retired teachers in Michigan. If the doctor writes the prescription for 3 months, I paid only $80 for the 3 months. If the prescription was written for only one month at a time, I had to pay $80 each month. Go figure.

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Hi Ladies: Thanks for all the info on the discount pharmacies. I have insurance but I have to pay full price for any Brand name drug while I'm in the insurances coverage gap. Will these 2 places except you if you have insurance that isn't paying for the Brand rx? My problem is several of my meds *only* come in brand name, there's no generic available yet so I have to pay a lot for these meds that I absolutely *have* to take, because they control the pressure in my eyes to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.

I too got samples from my Dr for Forteo for a whole year. The first year I paid for it because the copay was 60.00 a mo. but the second year the insurance company changed the tier on the drug to *specialty med* from a *preferred brand* so the price would have been 20% of retail-what ever that was at the time (around $140.00 a mo). I couldn't afford that so I got the samples from my Dr. The sample pens are identical to what you get at the pharmacy, and are provided by Eli Lily. If the Dr.'s don't give away the samples before they expire, they have to be thrown away! I didn't qualify for the Lily cares program either. Now I have to figure out something on my Evista, because the monthly price is 127.00 and I can't afford that plus the others I need for my eyes. I will call the places mentioned and see if they will give me a discount, thanks for the info I don't know what we would do without this info!!!!!

I'm done now on my 2 years of Forteo, and have done wonderfully as far as numbers go. I haven't frax'd in 5 years. and just got back from a full spine set of x-rays to check for problems-fingers crossed! I still have constant pain, and am hoping for good results from a new brace I'm getting that will hopefully increase the amount of time I can sit, stand and walk before the pain reaches the unbearable stage.

Don't forget to at least ask your Dr.'s about the sample pens, there's nothing wrong with that!!! If they say no, ask someone else.


~windblown~

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You qualify for the assistance program if you make less than $36,000.00/year.

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