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Ten days into meds (Truvada and Isentress)

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emeraldize:
Hey NewGuy,

Just curious. Do you have insurance? If so, you can get co-pay assistance to help completely pay for your co-pays for both Isentress and Truvada. Very easy to get set up in one phone call.

Let us know, heh?
Em

Newguy:

--- Quote from: emeraldize on November 11, 2012, 08:42:18 PM ---Hey NewGuy,

Just curious. Do you have insurance? If so, you can get co-pay assistance to help completely pay for your co-pays for both Isentress and Truvada. Very easy to get set up in one phone call.

Let us know, heh?
Em

--- End quote ---

Hey Emeraldize

I am in Ontario Canada and no I do not have insurance. However there is a program here in Ontario where I have to pay 4% of my income to get the meds. So it costs about 1200 a year for this year. I don't mind paying it, it is essentially buying insurance from the government. Other provinces in Canada offer HIV meds for completely free. Alberta and BC do this some others might too, I do not know though. How one country can have different provincial standards is beyond me. But I am not complaining, I am happy to be on these meds.

Best

emeraldize:
Thanks for sharing that -- I didn't know. I'm glad you're getting a break -- $100 a month for meds is much more reasonable. Were I you, I would still call the pharmaceutical companies to see if they have any supplemental program in Canada that specifically addresses this amount paid by you. No reason not to inquire.  I'll hunt up the link to the list for you.

amending with EngryBird's 4/12 post which may help you and references rebating, too -- again, if it were mine to do I would call each company directly and have a chat.


For the Isentress, you print the coupon from Isentress.com: Patient Assistance -> Copay program -> Print a New Coupon. Answer few questions and you got it!

For Truvada, you can order the card by calling 1 888 358 0398. After you dial this number, it tells you that this program is not available anymore however when you stay on the line, you will be transferred to GILEAD copay assistance (it must be something new though because I contacted them about Truvada two months ago using the above number). 

Present the card and the coupon during dropping off your prescriptions to be filled -- do not wait till pick up because the info from the cards needs to inputted the  same time they accept your prescriptions to be filled (at least my pharmacy chain does it this way).

For Mail Order Pharmacies or Retail Pharmacies that do not accept cards or coupons:

Pay up front out of your pocket for prescriptions. Go to patientrebateonline.com operated my McKesson.  You can print a form with your info for Truvada reimbursement that you will mail to McKesson with a copy of your invoice received with your Truvada in mail.

For Isentress, you need to call McKesson for a customized with your info form to be mailed to your address.  After you received the form, fill it out, attach invoice or copy showing your prescription number and how much you paid for it and mail it back to McKesson.

Cojo:
Hey Newguy

A fellow Ontarian here my friend.
I started this combo just over a year ago and it has been absolutely amazing. I've had zero side effects and it dropped my VL from 60,000 to UD in about four weeks. Taking them has just become part of my daily routine and when I start to think about it too much and get bummed out, this is what I do. I give myself a kick in the butt and turn to gratitude; gratitude that these miracle drugs are available to us today in Ontario for next to nothing, gratitude for the many, many who gave their bodies as experimental vessels to achieve what we have and gratitude to be flourishing today.
I hope that helps. And seriously, from the one who holds the patent on " what -if " thinking ....don't worry, all will be well.

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