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Old 02-08-2018, 04:26 PM
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This is a totally random question but... does anyone know why sometimes your doctor can get you in touch with a pharmacy that gives you a medication for free?

I have insurance, but this is free to everyone who is prescribed it.

I am getting a medication shipped to me overnight, on ice for free.. I was shocked.


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Old 02-08-2018, 06:03 PM
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My DH has had two of his meds paid for my the drug company. Every bit helps.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:11 PM
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Never heard of this practice...EVER. I must be going to the wrong doctor!
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:29 PM
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Please share the free stuff! My husband's insulin is over $200 a month with insurance through a mail order pharmacy. We do get free blood pressure meds from Publix though.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:28 PM
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these card displays around his lobby and at the reception desk about Good Rx and some other companies where you can apply for cheap or free meds.

Other times the doctor or nurse will offer a card from some they keep in the back. No doctors in our area offer samples anymore. They changed the law a couple years ago where drug reps cannot offer the doctors free samples any more.


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Old 02-08-2018, 08:34 PM
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Please share the free stuff! My husband's insulin is over $200 a month with insurance through a mail order pharmacy. We do get free blood pressure meds from Publix though.
Yes, insulin is EXPENSIVE.

I think this type of program is for newer medications? I really don't understand how it works. I think it may have something to do with getting doctors to prescribe it.. I'm sure it's something like that.

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No doctors in our area offer samples anymore. They changed the law a couple years ago where drug reps cannot offer the doctors free samples any more.
This definitely is not the case in my state. I got samples the last 2 times I went to the doctor. Then I got this free medicine. Whenever I go to the dermatologist I get free medication cream samples. I don't know how it all works.

Also, I know that your refills are free and shipped cold to you for free as well. I'm sure the next day shipping on ice is costing them a bomb! There has to be something in it for the drug companies.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:47 PM
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In our case, I think samples were stopped due to the number of burglaries and/or robberies in the little rural health offices a few years ago.

I think they (maybe insurance companies??) made it cost prohibitive. As in, let's reduce the temptation by having no meds on hand at all--narcotics or otherwise.

The Drs office win by having cheaper insurance and we all lose as we no longer get samples of new meds.
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