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doreenw850379:  That is true of the coupons your doctor may offer you but if your income is sufficiently low and your prescription drug expense sufficiently high and you go through an albeit lengthy application process, big phama companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Boeringer Ingleheim, will fill your name-brand prescriptions at no cost.

 

 

 

This is what I'm talking about. Here are the elegiblity requirements for Anoro Ellipta  by GSK.

 

ELIGIBILITY:
Patients may be eligible for this offer if they have commercial insurance and insurance does not cover the full cost of the prescription or if they are not insured and are responsible for the cost of their prescriptions. Government beneficiaries; patients who are enrolled in any federal healthcare program, including patients enrolled in Medicare (Part D or otherwise), Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA) or Department of Defense (DOD) programs, or TRICARE; patients who are Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored group waiver health plan or government prescription drug benefit program for retirees; or patients enrolled in any similar federal or state programs, including state pharmaceutical assistance programs, are NOT eligible for this offer. Further, patients CANNOT use this coupon if they are Medicare eligible. For coupon eligibility purposes, all those 65 or older will be considered Medicare eligible. If patients are government beneficiaries or Medicare eligible, they may not use this savings card even if they elect to be processed as an uninsured (cash-paying) patient. This offer is not health insurance and is restricted to residents of the United States, Puerto Rico, and US territories. Void where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Not valid in Massachusetts if an AB-rated generic drug is available for the product.

https://www.anoro.com/savings/12-month-offer-registration.html

 

This article explains why this is true.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-pharma-s-sham-patient-assistance-programs-20150925-...

 

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That is true of the coupons your doctor may offer you but if your income is sufficiently low and your prescription drug expense sufficiently high and you go through an albeit lengthy application process, big phama companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Boeringer Ingleheim, will fill your name-brand prescriptions at no cost.

 

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doreenw850379: 

Most if not all the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these inhalers offer free medication to those on a limited income. You should investigate this option.
 
 
This is true, many companies offer free medication, but some exclude anyone receiving Medicare.
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Most if not all the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these inhalers offer free medication to those on a limited income. You should investigate this option.
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Thought I'd mention this experience since it might be useful to know. My doctor has been giving me samples of a new medication (Bevespi) that comes in an inhaler. The first couple of samples were full size (30 days - 120 inhalations - using 4 inhalations per day), then the company quit with them and the samples are now only for 7 days (28 inhalations).

For some reason I kept some of the supposedly empty inhalers and decided to see how many inhalations are actually in the 7 day ones. I have just discarded the first one I tried this with......got 90+ inhalations! The difference between 28 & 90 inhalations is pretty significant, so I'm glad I discovered this. No idea why the drug co. would put so much extra in a 7 day inhaler, but if the same holds true with the other ones, it will certainly stretch the time I have them since some day the drug co. will end the samples.

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If you really want to connect with other people you should join a group called "Patients like me". If you have multiple ailments you can join a group for each illness. Sometime you can even find someone with all your ailments.  I have had COPD for about 7 years. I was using 2 different inhalers. When my copay went front  $6.40 each to $47.00 each. Since I stoped using my inhalers, i cough a lot more sometimes I bring phlegm up but not always. I am always short of breath, but I'm getting by. Hopefully I won't have to put off my inhalers.

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Cany1956,

                     I do know you need a good Pulmonary  specialist !! They can tell you anything you need to know and put in an action plan. They should run a number of tests for your lung function and prescribe the appropriate plan for you. I've been diagnosed with COPD for  4 years or more can't remember exactly. I use two inhalers per day and NO O2, everything seems to be going OK . COPD never go's away, but you can stop the progression of it by doing what your Pulmonary Doctor says. You can NOT SMOKE,you can NOT put anything into you LUNGS except clean air !!! I hope this helps, but their is no magic cure for what we have, I'm sorry I wish there was !! 

                                                                            STAY STRONG

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CANY1956 wrote:

I WAS DIAGNOSED IN JUNE 2014. I WAS FINE UNTIL OCTOBER OF 2016 WHEN I WAS HOSPITALIZED FOUR TIMES FOR PNEUMONIA AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. I HAVE BEEN ON OXYGEN THERAPY AT HOME SINCE NOVEMBER. I NEED TO TAKE A SLEEP TEST TO FIND OUT WHAT MY TRUE LUNG FUNCTION IS AND HOW FAR ALONG I AM IN MY COPD. I KNOW WHAT THE STAGES ARE. MAYBE I ASKED THE WRONG QUESTION. I WANT TO SPEAK WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE COPD TO GET THIER TAKE ON THE DISEASE AND IT'S PROGRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT,I APPRECIATE IT.


 

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Was diagnosed with COPD a few months ago. Using Breo Ellipta, as it was a little cheaper than Spiriva with my insurance (still not cheap).. I try to go every other day to save $$. 

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pulmonary rehab... I tool it. Shows one how to exercise and expasnd lung capacity without compromising breathing
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I have the same issues... try Dulera. I use 100mcg/5mcg $245 per 120 puffs with a script cash no insurance. Spiriva et al made me cough and phlemgy

 

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