Almost the same thing happened to me. My insurance co-pay is $25, and the standard dose is 5 days, so I had to go back every 5 days to get my 10 pills for $25!
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Me too! I have been on the phone up to 2 hours at a time about this zithro stuff! But they will cover the mepron at $10 bottle! That is insane! Talk about VOOODOOOO math? Even the people I talk to at my scipts 1-800 number dont understand. The last one I talked to said she has NEVER seen a case like this and has worked there for " a very long time." I have to pay 50 bucks every 10 days for my zithro but I have UNLIMITED refills. The story is actually along one, but I am sort of relieved to hear that others are struggling, coz I thought I was the only one. I posted to another site and no one else had this problem. I did look into getting it online and thru mexico, you may want to do that. It is cheaper that way, but I just dont know how reliable. I have never done that, maybe others here have? good luck! trails Posts: 196 | From Mesilla, NM USA | Registered: May 2005
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I think insurance comapnies use dart boards when it comes to what they cover or don't. MEDCO the largest perscription drug plan is partnered with Merck, can you say conflict of interest. MEDCO has already had more than a few lawsuits in the past couple of years.
The problem is actually with the formulary tables that are created on a yearly basis. These tables use common dossages supplied by the manufacturer for all meds for both children and adults. The problem now though is there are alot of off lablel uses for alot of these meds.
I had the problem with Zithromax in the beginning as well, but the doctor called the insurance company and we were able to get it setup to cover 60 pills on one copay, for all of us.
The point I want to make is don't stop with the first person you speak to at the insurance company. Keep going up the ladder until you feel you have the response that you are looking for.
If all else fails go directly to the office of the president of the insurance company. In most cases the team that works for that office can get alot of things accomplished. Always make sure you keep good notes when calling recording all of the people who you have talked too.
Zithromax is due to come off patent this year.
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sapphire, you must have the same insurance co. I have. BC/BS (emphasis on the BS part!!) yeah, they only pay for 10 days per month. zith is a GREAT antibiotic, at least it was for me.
My husband is on it now too because he can't tolerate tetracycline class. He may not stay on it though.
I get mine from Canada for about 15% less than retail in the US. Most of the pharmacies are good that I looked up when I was looking to Canada for Zith.
On a good note, the pharmacist at Costco was yelling so loud at the guy from BC/BS on the phone about how they are denying treatment to lyme patients! It made my day! One more reason why Costco goes the extra mile for the consumer....unlike the insurance co.'s.
Pfizer may have a program to let you get the med cheaper. You may have to have your doctor help you apply for coverage from Pfizer. It is good that their patent is expiring! That will help bring the cost down. There must be something similar you could take that does not cost so much...I hope someone has the answer to that.
Another unhappy insurance co-payer... I'm on Zith right now. Also, I'm on Cipro for a co-infection. $40 co-pay for 14 pills! I'm going to be living in a cardboard box soon if this keeps up! Posts: 8 | From Chicago Suburbs | Registered: May 2005
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