Posted by Mellanie at StopAfib.org on February 18, 2017 11:08am EST
The subject comes up quite frequently about how to find the best prices for the newer blood thinners (anticoagulants). After posting this info to a thread, I realized that it should be put in a place that is easy to find. That is why I am posting this to the blog so you can find these links more easily, and point others to this. Here are some resources to help:
Manufacturer's programs - assistance and co-pay cards
If you are looking for other meds, do a Google search for the medication name and "patient support".
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance
- Patient Advocate Foundation (AHA and StopAfib.org are working with PAF to add more resources for afib patients, so stay tuned)
Medicare plans and subsidized help
Those on Medicare are generally not eligible for the manufacturer's discount programs above. A good way to find a Medicare drug plan, including what is covered by each one that is available to you and what your various meds will cost, is to use the Medicare Drug Plan Finder.
You can do a general search by putting in your zip code, or a personalized search by entering your Medicare number and a few details. Put in your medications and dosage, choose the amount of time between refills, and where you get your refillls. The cheapest way will generally (but not always) be a 3-month (90 day) supply from a mail order pharmacy. It will ask you to choose a local pharmacy for comparison purposes, and what kind of plan you want.
You will see all kinds of details and be able to drill down into the prices from your local pharmacy and the mmail-orderpharmacy, and see graphs that include your premium, deductible ($400/year for Medicare Drug Plans in 2017), cost, and donut hole. There are so many ways to looks at the data to see how to maximize your Medicare drug plan.
For some people, depending on your state, there will be a link for how to lower your drug cost for that specific drug. There are 22 states/territories currently shown in the drop down box. Some state assistance programs are only for those with certain conditions (i.e., in Texas, there are plans for those with end-stage renal (kidney) disease or HIV). Some states have assistance with Part D for being "elderly", so it's definitely worth seeing if your state has help of that sort.
There is also a Medicare plan called Extra Help. If you qualify, "In 2017, costs are no more than $3.30 for each generic/$8.25 for each brand-name covered drug."
And, here is info about Medicare's appeals process in case your medication is not covered or "You think you should pay less for a higher tier (more expensive) drug because you or your prescriber believes you can't take any of the lower tier (less expensive) drugs for the same condition."
Hopefully, among these resources, you will find the optimal help for you.
jdorum1860,Have looked at data for Eliquis et al vs. aspirin and do not see statistical support for Eliquis over aspirin. Cardiologists recite the dogma that Eliquis i.e. Blood thinner prevent clots in AFib better than aspirin. Other than pharma $$ for Eliquis etc. Anyone have info that supports Eliquis over aspirin?
Mellanie at StopAfib.org,
Eliquis is superior to warfarin (ARISTOTLE Trial) and causes half the fatal bleeds (intracranial hemorrhage) that warfarin does (Christian Ruff, The Lancet).
Blood thinners are medicines that prevent blood clots from forming. They also keep existing blood clots from getting larger. Clots in your arteries, veins, and heart can cause heart attacks, strokes, and blockages.
There are two main types of blood thinners. Anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin (also called Coumadin) slow down your body's process of making clots. Antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, prevent blood cells called platelets from clumping together to form a clot.
It is always recommended to buy prescribed meds from online or any drug stores. Online stores like mygenericpharmacy, amazon, healthkart also want priscribtion to buy meds from their.