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Author Topic: Walled In At Walgreens?  (Read 1571 times)

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Offline OneTampa

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Walled In At Walgreens?
« on: October 04, 2008, 03:59:18 PM »
All,

Since I have seen the commercials on television the last few months advertising huge savings on over 5,000 drugs at Walgreens, I thought that I would give it a 'look see".  I went to the Walgreens' web site to see if  I  would realize any measurable savings on my HIV medications if I had to buy them outright with no insurance coverage.

Although there are a number of caveats to join the savings program such as: generic equivalents, can't be enrolled in an insurance plan with co-pays, medicare and medicaid stipulations, etc., I still wanted to give it a look.  I entered my medications into the search engine (the site advises that the search can only be viewed with IE-Internet Explorer).  The result was that the two non-HIV medication I take are not covered under the savings program. My HIV medications are listed but at no appreciable savings, in my view, even with up to a 90 day supply.  All combined the cost to me would be over $5,500 for the HIV medications with two medications for 60 days and one for 90 days in my currently prescribed dosages.

Maybe I missed something.  I invite others to visit the site and see the costs you come up with when you enter your medications.

Here is the link to the Walgreens Prescriptions Savings Club:

https://webapp.walgreens.com/MYWCARDWeb/servlet/walgreens.wcard.proxy.WCardInternetProxy/RxSavingsRH?#
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008, 04:07:50 PM »


Well, I guess I did it right.  I just checked out the Walgreens site.

A three month supply of Epzicom, Viramune and Viread ( which I take ) comes to a total of 

  $5,796.90

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2008, 04:10:29 PM »

Forgot the Lipitor. Thats another $363.90 for a three month supply !

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2008, 04:16:18 PM »
I thought Walgreens, WalMart and WellCare (part D provider network) were all the same company.  Has anyone looked at (Astra Zeneca?)  They are the ones on TV offering help with medications costs.  ;D  Have the best day
Michael

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008, 04:24:59 PM »
Has anyone looked at (Astra Zeneca?)  They are the ones on TV offering help with medications costs.  ;D  Have the best day
Michael

Do they even carry HIV medications? I couldn't find mine anywhere on the Astra Zeneca site.  :-\

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008, 04:30:37 PM »
Hey Ray,

Mine are Medicare Part D w/ ADAP assistance so I never looked but have seen the TV comercial  ;D  Have the best day
Michael

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2008, 04:31:03 PM »

And I haven't checked this one out yet. This is the one Montel Williams promotes :


https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline michaelman333

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008, 04:10:14 PM »
REYATAZ 200MG CAPSULES
4077.06
 
NORVIR 100MG SOFT-GEL CAPS 30'S
1701.31
 
TRUVADA TABLETS
 2907.21

 Total Price:    $ 8685.58

Holy crap .... so eye opening ....
 
 
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02/19/09 ---- CD4- 513 (23%)   VL-Und
01/11/09 ---- Switched Atripla
11/05/08 ---- CD4- 462 (23%)   VL - Und
04/01/06 ---- CD4- 274 (19%)   VL - 1200
03/20/06 ---- Started Truvada/Azatanovir/Ritonavir
02/28/06 ---- CD4- 219 (17%)   VL - 217,000
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Walled In At Walgreens?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2008, 01:54:04 AM »
I think the program was designed to help Walgreens compete with Walmart & Targets $4.00 prescription pricing on many generics.

Until patents start running out I wouldn't expect to see any inexpensive HIV meds in the US anytime soon.  And if a patent is set to expire the companies will usually try to reformulate the drug into an extended release or some other form so it can reclassified as a new drug and start the patent time frame all over.

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