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How to Help Afford Medications

How to Help Afford Medications

Managing diabetes can be expensive, but there are many affordability programs available to help.

You probably already know that diabetes care can be expensive. In fact, in a study by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with diabetes spend an average of $16,752 per year on medical expenses—$9,601 of that is just on diabetes (2017).

NovoCare® from Novo Nordisk can help

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If you’ve been prescribed a Novo Nordisk medicine, there are several options to help make treatment more affordable. Visit NovoCare® or call 1-8‍4‍4-N‍O‍V‍O‍4‍M‍E (1-844-668-6463) for all the eligibility details, including full terms and conditions, or if you are in immediate need of insulin.

Have you thought about these other ways to save?

  • Bulk up on supplies. Some pharmacies offer a discount price for larger purchases. Talk to the pharmacist about how to save on test strips and other supplies.
  • If you use a meter, choose wisely! Some brands offer starter kits, coupons, and rebates. But, also be sure to look at the test strips that work with the meter. They can be expensive and make you pay more in the long run.
  • DON’T skip medicine or monitoring to try to save money. It’s dangerous. And it doesn’t work. In one medical study, people who took their medicine as prescribed spent a lot less on diabetes care than those who didn’t. How? Because it may be less expensive to take your medicine and stay healthy than it is to skip it and spend more on doctor’s visits or hospital stays.

These programs may be able to help, too

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The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has created the Medicine Assistance Tool to help patients and caregivers learn more about cost-saving resources.

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NeedyMeds lists prescription drugs available through patient assistance programs and links to Medicaid sites.

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Prescription Hope provides people access to over 1,500 brand-name medications through patient assistance programs for the set price of $50 a month. For more information, call 1-877-296-4673.

And don’t forget about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you don’t have coverage from an employer, you may be able to get coverage through the ACA. Your children can also be on your plan up until age 26. For health insurance information after age 26, call the American Diabetes Association’s National Call Center at 1-8‍0‍0-D‍I‍A‍B‍E‍T‍E‍S (1-800-342-2383).

That's just a start. There are many more programs out there dedicated to helping.

Looking for financial savings and support?

NovoCare® provides resources to help you understand your options and connect you to affordability support.

Visit Novo Nordisk Savings

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