Mission possible: prescription savings for seniors
October 11 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Mission possible: prescription savings for seniors | Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

Mission possible: prescription savings for seniors

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Many disabled or older adults find themselves in a difficult situation: they have Medicare insurance to cover catastrophic hospitalization costs, but nothing to assist with skyrocketing pharmaceutical bills.

Medicaid includes prescription coverage, but many seniors' income, though limited, remains too high to qualify for it.

A recent study found that more than 80 percent of seniors take prescription drugs, with the average senior needing to fill 20 prescriptions per year. Drug bills averaging hundreds or thousands of dollars per month are not uncommon, leaving many seniors with difficult budgetary choices.

Many seniors are unaware that several pharmaceutical manufacturers and management companies have developed helpful programs to allow seniors to buy their prescription drugs at a significant discount.

For example, both Pfizer (www.pfizerforliving.com) and Lilly (www.lillyanswers.com) have programs through which seniors can buy a 30-day supply for any of their retail distributed drugs for only $12 (Lilly) to $15 (Pfizer) per prescription.

To qualify, seniors or disabled persons must be enrolled in Medicare, have no other prescription drug insurance coverage, and have an annual income under $18,000 for singles or $24,000 for a couple.

Pfizer's drugs include several commonly taken by seniors, such as Glucotrol, Lipitor, Procardia, Viagra and Zoloft.

Lilly's program includes frequently used drugs like Evista, Humulin and Prozac.

The California Health Care Foundation (www.chcf.org) has a helpful Web site that includes a comparison of 11 different programs designed to save seniors some serious money. From the Web site, click on "Prescription Drugs" (in the left column) and then choose a June 2002 article that contains a comparative guide to discount drug programs.

You may know someone who could benefit from these programs, but who cannot use the Internet to search out the best programs or obtain the needed applications.

As a missions project this week, consider being a real minister to those folks by using your Internet savvy to help them gain access to these truly helpful programs.

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