DVT Prescription Help?

Updated on October 15, 2009
L.B. asks from Highlands, TX
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I have a friend who was prescribed Lovenox. To help with DVT "deep vain thrombosis" (?) during her pregnancy. She is having difficulties with her insurance company, (long story). She is only partailly covered now and then after 45days her persciption coverage will kick in. Anyway she went to get the lovenox and it is going to cost her $600.00 dollars. She doesn't have it. I need suggestions on what she should do? Please help.

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B.D.

answers from Houston on

There is a generic form of this drug-- Lovenox Generic Name: Enoxaparin (ee-nox-AP-a-rin)-- with the various drug programs offered by Kroger, Wal-Mart,Costco,etc. She should be able to get it for much cheaper than $600.

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K.B.

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Hi L.-

Have her go to the website lovenox.com and at the bottom of the page there is a link to Together Rx Access. It's a program that would provide the medicine at a discount based on household income and insurance (or lack of insurance). I've never used this program myself, so I don't know any of the details but it's worth her checking out.

The other option is to have her talk to her doctor. Perhaps her doctor can give her some free samples to get her through until her insurance kicks in, or perhaps there's an alternative medication that is cheaper.

Good Luck,
K.

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D.G.

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Has your friend seen a high risk ob or Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist? http://www.smfm.org/ They see more women on blood-thinners, and might be able to help on the insurance side of things.

Does your friend work? Maybe HR would be able to help out in regards to insurance. Surely paying for her meds short term would be cheaper than paying for what she risks without meds.

You also had some good advice from previous posters. Your friend could also try contacting the manufacturer directly to see if they offer any discounts or coupons. Or calling the social worker at her local county hospital to see if she qualifies for any state or federal aid program.

She could also try Cathlolic Charities in her area; sometimes they offer medication assistance to families in need. (and you don't have to be Catholic to apply). http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/NetCommunity/Page.asp...

I hope this helps. Update us when you can.

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K.F.

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Your friend might talk with her doctor about the prescription assistance programs that are available, often through the prarmaceutical company foundations. Some clinics, such as Centro Med, maintain their own pharmacies for their patients who cannot afford their meds, as do, I think, the Wesley clinics and some of the hospitals. That particular drug is made by Sanofi-Aventis. Their number to call is 1-888-632-8607. Usually a person has to have no insurance, but if it's a hardship, they may have a way to help. The medications are sent by the pharmaceutical company to the doctor's office for the patient.

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T.M.

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Many drug companies have programs where they will help patients who cannot afford it recieve their drugs for free or deeply discounted. The patient usually has to meet certain financial criteria and fill out paper work. She should ask her pharmacist the name of the drug manufacturer, look up their number on the intranet, and give them a call. They may be able to assist her. It is worth a try.

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R.A.

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If the doctor thinks it is important enough for her to take the medicines, she might talk with him about samples. Most physicians are given samples by the pharmaceutical sales reps and they can pass these on to patients with insurance difficulties. Also, churches often have programs in place to help in situations like this. I do know that DVT is a very serious condition, if blood clots form and move, it could be fatal. Good luck!

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G.J.

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I don't know if any of these suggestions will help; but she could explain the situation to her doctor and ask if he has any samples that he could give her until her insurance kicks in or she can ask if the company that makes Lovenox - she may have to fill out some forms; but many drug companies have patient prescription programs for people who are unable to pay for prescriptions - They will usually cover about 3-6 months of the drug. She could also ask her doctor and pharmacist if there is a generic alternative to the medication prescribed and if so, could she take it instead. Baring that, she should check out a local COSTCO if she has one. You do not have to have a membership to buy drugs there and they are much cheaper than any pharmacy.
This is ridiculous! Deep Vein Thrombosis is no laughting matter - I am not sure who has $600 just lying around for a prescription!
Hope that she finds a solution soon - let her know she will be in our thoughts.
G. Jones-Kachtik

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V.L.

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There is no generic for this drug as someone else suggested. I work in a pharmacy. The first thing she may want to do is call all the pharmacies in the area and get the lowest price. They vary from store to store. Very few pharmacies will not price match. She is also not required too buy all of the syringes at once. She could call around and find out a price for like 10 of them and just buy those. All that will happen is that the number of refills will go up. Check with Sams club anyone can use the pharmacy there and is not required to have a membership. I know how expensive this is, but a very necessary drug. Have her check with a local outreach ministry. They are usually very giving and will pay for things with very few questions asked. I know that one of the CVS stores I used to work at accepts vouchers from the local church. You might want to call her local CVS or small town drug store and see if they can point you in the right direction. You will be surprised how much they know. Also get the pharmacist to give you the manufacture info and call them. They give away tons of meds every year. She may only have to buy a few until a drug card comes through. Good luck!!!

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S.G.

answers from San Antonio on

You could try going to Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM) in downtown San Antonio. I volunteered there a few years ago and I seem to remember they gave financial assistance for prescription drugs. That may have changed now but may be worth calling them.

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M.S.

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Have her call her doctor's office and ask if they can give her samples until her insurance kicks in...DVT is pretty serious...have her call today!!

{{{{hugs}}}}

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L.H.

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Please contact the manufacturer of Lovenox, often times drug manufacturers have medication assistance programs to help out those that need their products. There are a slew of papers to fill out, but the doctor's office should be able to help with that as well.

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A.S.

answers from Houston on

The other responses are very good. The only other thing I can add is that if she checks back with her physician, he/she might be able to prescribe something different that is less expensive. She needs to be on something for the DVT.

Tell her I am praying for her.

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D.B.

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As this condition is a life-saving one, & she should get it right away I have 2 suggestions: 1)either she or you collect the money for her from friends & family members; 2)have your friend contact the drug manufaturer for their charitable program to offer meds free or at a reduced cost (you can locate the contact # on their website, usually).

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K.G.

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I don't know what kind of a discount she would get on this medication, but I am a rep for Ameriplan, which is a discount dental plan but includes vision, chiropractic and prescription. It is 19.95 for a household and you can cancel it if you want to at any time. There is no waiting period so you can use it as soon as you sign up. She can go to the website and see the providers for prescription and call and see what the cost would be with it. The website is www.lovemyteeth.com I think that Walgreens has some kind of prescription discount card also that I got when I didn't have insurance. You might ask the pharmacist there about it.

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L.H.

answers from Killeen on

Hi L.''
there are people in commuties they are called Drug Advicates they can help with high RX's call a food pantry ,redcross,,, a health clinic 1 of them should be able to point you in right diriction ,,or the manufactor of the drug its self they give billions os $$$ worth away every year
good luck L.

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L.A.

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I need help paying for prescription drugs while I am unemployed.

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