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bemitch posted:
I'm a "returning newbie." Used to come on this group frequently, then stopped. I've waged a twenty some year battle with depression. Am now on Cymbalta. The Dr. just added Abilify, but I can't afford it. I'm disabled and on a fixed income. Pharmacy suggested online coupons, but if you're on Medicare, you're exempt from using them. Any other suggestions? Thanks!
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jessicabrooke responded:
I have never personally tried this, but my cousin told me that some pharmaceutical companies will cover the cost of medication if you can prove that you can't afford it. My cousin is on antidepressants and gets some of them for free. You should try contacting whoever makes Abilify. It's worth a shot. Good luck and stay well!
 
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Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
Yes, mcare precludes you from most coupons and patient assistance programs...sorry. You can ask your doctor to contact BristolMyersSquibb and ask for samples. you could get your meds this way. You can also ask your doctor for a med similar to abilify but a generic to save costs...
 
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Jeune1 responded:
Hello,

You may be able to get additional assistance for your prescriptions through SSA:

http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/
 
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Jeune1 replied to Thomas L Schwartz, MD's response:
The doctor's office can help if a patient wants to appeal a carrier's decision not to cover the script. There's also assistance through SSA or as JB suggested, BMS has a patient assistance program.

The doctor (or someone at the practice) may also be to help patients navigate the assistance program process.

http://www.bms.com/products/Pages/programs.aspx