"I have COPD and will be getting laid off at the end of this month, and without insurance, the pharmacy said advair discus will be about $150.00 per month. But I do not think there is a generic. Is there?"
I think this is a very important topic, because asthmatics who take their meds exactly as instructed by a doctor can really lead a normal life, and can do things that any other person can do, like run a marathon.
On the other hand, not taking your controller meds is a "contributing factor in asthma deaths," according to the authors of Fatal Asthma. And those most likely to be non-compliant with their asthma meds are those who of the low income variety. A tough economy can make many of us poor.
And, with poverty, comes the unfortunate outcome of having to make cuts in the budget. And, unfortunately, when those among us lose our insurance, and the cost of Advair shoots up from $10 a month to $150.00, this becomes an easy place to make the cut.
That's understandable. But don't use this as an excuse to stop taking your asthma meds. If you simply cannot afford Advair (or Symbicort), there are options for you.
A few months ago I addressed this topic here at the RT Cave with this post "8 ideas for those who can't afford Advair." This post was a list not just of ideas I came up with on my own, but ideas many of my readers
The best option on my list is the one that allows you to continue taking Advair at a cost that is affordable to you. This option involves calling the pharmaceutical company to see if they have a program available to help you afford Advair.
Joy Buchanan, producer at MyAsthmaCentral.com, offered the following advice for the above question.
"Our expert, Dr. James Thompson, has written a post about saving money on managing your condition here. Also, you should contact Advair's manufacture, GlaxoSmithKline at 1-866-518-4357. Companies have programs to provide their brand name drugs to patients for cheap (or, sometimes, free) if they meet the income qualifications. GlaxoSmithKline's program for Advair is called GSKAccess. Also, try these organizations for help with your prescriptions:* Partnership for Prescription Assistance* RxAssist.org* RxHope.com* TogetherRx
There are a lot of COPD and Asthma patients who have benefited a great deal from Advair. If your wallet is a little thin, at least this gives you another option to try to keep that Advair in your system.
UPDADE: CHECK OUT MY NEW POST: HOW TO GET HELP PAYING FOR ASTHMA MEDS AND PHYSICIANS