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  • Kburroway
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    Re: Cost of Elmiron?

    My Elmiron used to cost 15 dollars a month now it is close to 600 a month. Need help! I am a school teacher and can't afford this and I can't go without the meds.

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  • aleet7
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    [QUOTE=belou;474462]I'm not sure if this information has been posted elsewhere, but I though this was a good thread to post it if not.

    I was surfing around and found out when the Elmiron patent expires. I hope the generic comes out soon after.

    Patent: 5180715
    Expiration: Jan 19, 2010

    Belou,
    thanks for the info, I hadn't heard this! January 19, 2010 can not get here fast enough for me!!! The price of this med is hurting my pocket book!

    Best Wishes,
    Aleet7

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  • belou
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    We should have an online chat party on January 19th 2010 to celebrate!

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  • belou
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    I'm not sure if this information has been posted elsewhere, but I though this was a good thread to post it if not.

    I was surfing around and found out when the Elmiron patent expires. I hope the generic comes out soon after.

    Patent: 5180715
    Expiration: Jan 19, 2010

    (click the application number on the page to get back to the drug information)
    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/script...1&table1=OB_Rx

    Active Ingredient: PENTOSAN POLYSULFATE SODIUM
    Dosage Form;Route: CAPSULE; ORAL
    Proprietary Name: ELMIRON
    Applicant: ORTHO MCNEIL JANSSEN
    Strength: 100MG
    Application Number: 020193
    Product Number: 001
    Approval Date: Sep 26, 1996
    Reference Listed Drug Yes
    RX/OTC/DISCN: RX

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  • aleet7
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    Yvette,
    I know exactly what you're saying, my PCP always wrote my script double the strength so that I could cut it in half to save money without me asking. Many times my other docs won't offer this because they know my husband's profession and think I can afford it. The Uro I have right now is fairly new to me so I don't know how she'll react to me asking although I do know that she is sympathetic because I told her that intercourse was causing me lots of pain and she RX'd me a pain med just to have sex! I believe that she won't turn me down but if she does then I will go to my PCP with the same thing.
    I'm finding now that my pharmacist are discussing how much my meds cost because they've notified each other to tell me the price before I pay for them(one pharmacist told me this). I eventually told her that it doesn't matter the cost, I "have to have" this med! Several of my meds cost over $100 per month with Elmiron being the highest at $346! My migraine meds cost $96 for 6 tablets!!!

    Aleet7

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  • yvette
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    I was lucky, I didn't have to ask. My uro at the time offered to write it that way--she knew I wasn't really making good money and even with my insurance it was a *third-tier* drug (aka expensive). And after that I learned, why not ask? I explain that it's to help keep cost down. $45/month plus all the other meds...plus bills, rent, car payment, insurance, etc. etc. It was just cost-prohibitive.

    I also ask for samples when they first put me on a new med, sometimes they'll suggest a new enough drug and they have samples in the office...why not? What if I don't react well to it and to have spent good money for a script that will end up in the trash....ugh. Years ago, I got 12 packs of BCP for free that way (they knew I just got laid off and took pity on my poor soul)

    The worst the doctor could say is *no* when I ask. And I'm fine with that.

    Looking into mail order is a great idea too...my BCP was $41/month (or $41 per pack) a the pharmacy...I have my Rx written to take it continuously (to stop my period altogether) and thru mail order $45 gets me 4-packs instead of just one. fantastic!

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  • Briza
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    Originally posted by vm View Post
    I think the doctor's hesitation is probably is that he/she would, in effect, be lying on the script. He/she would have to fudge the instructions for dosage in order to get more covered per day/per month.

    I hope your doctor will - I wish mine would. I've never asked, but you better believe I often take only one or two Elmiron pills a day to stretch out my prescription! So ridiculously expensive.
    Yes, fudging is a very good way of putting it. And tho, yes, I have had a few of my rxs written this way when I had health insurance, it was rare that I needed it to be done as such or ask for it, since I think just one of my Rxs is not generic and when I had that great Rx plan all of my generics were $0. I also had very good mail order Rx plan for properly prescribed 3 month Rxs of Elmiron.

    So while we are on the topic of fudging, and I am in no way trying to start a debate or argument of any sort, just commenting, no response necessary...that when we complain of high insurance premiums and any out of cost expenses and high deductibles, high or even low dollar Rxs when written like this (fudging) to get the most for your money IF you have insurance, someone is paying for it, meaning the insurance company...and then there is the domino effect on premiums, employee contributions to their premiums, deductibles, and then on to the out of pocket expenses for both those who have insurance or not.

    Not complaining, just explaining it as I see it, having had good insurance myself w/ great Rx coverage thru my past employers, with some reasonably small employee contribution on my part, and now being uninsured.
    I am very thankful that all but one of my meds is generic and half of my fall under Walmart's $4 plan and believe me at this time without health insurance I am being extremely careful when and how I get my meds prescribed to make it the most affordable for me without ins, much moreso than I was concerned about when I DID have insurance.

    Not pointing fingers at ANYONE, mind you, because I have been on both sides of the fence, and even now being without the pretty darn good ins I have had for the past 15 yrs, I do have MUCH to say about insurance companies and the US healthcare system! But that is all I will say about that!

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  • vm
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    I think the doctor's hesitation is probably is that he/she would, in effect, be lying on the script. He/she would have to fudge the instructions for dosage in order to get more covered per day/per month.

    I hope your doctor will - I wish mine would. I've never asked, but you better believe I often take only one or two Elmiron pills a day to stretch out my prescription! So ridiculously expensive.

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  • Briza
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    Originally posted by aleet7 View Post
    Hey Bri,
    Lol at the patient hating their hair and wanting to be bald! Since I recently purchased Elmiron I'm seeing hair loss again! I went to Sally's store and purchased hair clips that Kathie Lee Gifford wears to thicken my hair!
    I won't take it personal if my doc doesn't feel comfortable doubling my script but I would see it hard to not want to help someone who needs a med so badly that their condition gets worse when they can't afford it. I really feel like I get worse when I don't take it daily.
    Lol, well you already know that all kinds of crazy things come to my mind for no reason at all (for the record I don't take Elmiron at this time and even tho I don't like my thin exceptionally fine head of hair...I would rather keep the hair that I do have, regardless how much I hate it....so abuse of ELmiron in too high doses in hopes of hair loss and baldness is NOT something that has ever crossed MY mind, tho I can't vouch for others)

    Hey...yes I know Sally's but am not familiar with whatever hair clips Kathie uses to make her hair look so full and nice!! If there is a website on these particular clips, please pm it to me....otherwise if posted on the board it will be censored as a sales site.

    I do think you have a very good front to present to your uro as to getting Elmiorn Rxd this way so will praying for the best for you that he/she is comfortable prescribing that way.
    I'm going to send you a pm so check in case you don't get the pop up alert...sometimes I get the pop up alert, sometimes I don't. Seems I am a less likely to get a pop up alert for pms while I am responding to a post or reading or writing a pm.

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  • aleet7
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    Hey Bri,
    Lol at the patient hating their hair and wanting to be bald! Since I recently purchased Elmiron I'm seeing hair loss again! I went to Sally's store and purchased hair clips that Kathie Lee Gifford wears to thicken my hair!
    I won't take it personal if my doc doesn't feel comfortable doubling my script but I would see it hard to not want to help someone who needs a med so badly that their condition gets worse when they can't afford it. I really feel like I get worse when I don't take it daily.

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  • Briza
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    Originally posted by aleet7 View Post
    That's what I'm worried about! My Pcp writes my bp meds double the supply but I'm afraid that my uro might object to doing that for the Elmiron! I'm praying that she'll be ok with doubling the script for it.
    Even if your uro objects to writing scripts for Elmiron this way, do not take it personally, ok? It most likely has nothing to do with you.... just what is within this dr's comfort zone.
    But I would not be afraid to ask for Elmiron to script be written this way...if it were a pain med or valium or such, yeah, then ANY dr would most likely say no to writing Rxs this way b/c of any possibility of abuse of those kinds of meds by ANY patient, and again not specifically YOU, but just to cover the drs butt if ANY patient were to do such a thing with that kind of med.

    But as for Elmiron, I would have NO problems asking and even if the answer is no, not take it personally. So nothing to fear in your particular case with the Elmiron...any dr I highly doubt would think any patient would care or try to abuse Elmiron in any way, (unless a certain patient said they hated their hair and would rather be bald and would like the rare side effect that losing hair that Elmiron may cause...now that would be cause for concern ) even if the dr will not write scripts in that way. Hope I am making sense lol???

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  • mary124
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    Some of my prescriptions are on the $4.00 list at Wal-Mart. (some are doubled that price as I get more than the 30 pills allowed). I also started using the mail order for some of ours as if I get them at walmart they are slightly higher due to be a 'maintenace drug' - and with the mail order its $10.00). There are a few medicines that I take that it really doesn't matter where I get them (store or thru the mail) as the price equals $25.00/month-which includes Elmiron.

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  • aleet7
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    Originally posted by crkshnks79 View Post
    I know at walmart/Target Elmiron still costs 300 + . I have no prescription coverage and cant afford to pay out of pocket , I think thats why my ic keeps getting worse ? Im hoping that one they create a generic elmiron so that the people who have ins or script coverage may beable to afford it because its ridiculous !! Who has that kind of money especially now with the way the economy is ? I hope you find some kind of resolution soon !! Take care
    I plan to explain to my Uro that I've gotten worse because I couldn't afford to pay full price for the Elmiron. I hope this helps her decide to double my script. I feel so bad for everyone that can't afford to purchase it. My previous uro told me that when I was off it for 2 weeks that I was not improving because I wasn't taking it daily. I agree, I so hope that they make a generic so I can afford it!

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  • aleet7
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    Cost Of Elmiron

    Originally posted by Tuckersmom View Post
    My Primary Care Physician and my Gyno both write prescriptions for double or triple what a month's supply or a 90 day supply is --- but when I asked my Uro about it, he said that he wouldn't be comfortable doing that.

    That's what I'm worried about! My Pcp writes my bp meds double the supply but I'm afraid that my uro might object to doing that for the Elmiron! I'm praying that she'll be ok with doubling the script for it.

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  • crkshnks79
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    Walmart

    I know at walmart/Target Elmiron still costs 300 + . I have no prescription coverage and cant afford to pay out of pocket , I think thats why my ic keeps getting worse ? Im hoping that one they create a generic elmiron so that the people who have ins or script coverage may beable to afford it because its ridiculous !! Who has that kind of money especially now with the way the economy is ? I hope you find some kind of resolution soon !! Take care

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