Oxycontin ER

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oldnbroken
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Any updates on when the generic oxycontin ER will be back......sure could use a break on the cost....

Like a lot of folks no insurance to help cover cost-can't get it insurance that you can afford when you have pre-existing condition......

 

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quincy
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What state do you live in?

Hiya Broken,

Some states, like mine (New Mexico), have a not very well advertised program for folks like you. It literally saved my life. This program is a sort of "share the wealth" thing that makes it so that anyone who is turned down for HI for ANY reason can apply for a means tested, sliding scale premium for HI (Health Insurance). I have term. cancer and am on SSDI and Medicare. The program is funded by profits over inflation made by HI cos. that want to do business in the state invoved. An equitable deal I think, though the shareholders in said HI cos. probably do a bit of teeth gnashing over it.

BC BS runs the program in NM, I'm not sure about other states. As I didn't have HI at the time of diagnosis, like yourself, I lost my house and business to the medical establisment before I found out about this program. Now my CP (Chonic Pain sufferer) wife and I each pay $90 p/m for our supplementary Medicare policies. My Rxs run over $12,000 a month so the entire yearly premium of $2,160 is covered in the first month. I wish that Obama had instituted this simple plan instead of the monster bill that finally made it through Congress. Yes, it does entail a mandate . . . the monthly premiums, but at least they are affordable and in 4 years of using this program we have had to pay a grand total of $0.00, including Rx copays, to the medical establishment, and the way the system is organized even this age 57 former picture framer can understand it. Amazing, huh?

Broken, check with your state's Human Services Dept. to see if your state has this program, something like 28 states do . . . Q

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Thanks Q, I am on medicare

Thanks Q, I am on medicare and part D with the extra help program helping me-so I am doing pretty good as far a cost for my medications.

My husband on the other hand-still can't get medicare-still in the works, but now his lawyer quit on him and we can't get another one to help on such short notice and so we have to do it on our own....anyway....the State insurace program we have here in Oklahoma premium cost more than his medications-and his cost is nothing compared to yours-but $400.00 a month is a big chunk of our monthly income.

I had read somewhere that the generic Oxycontin ER would be back this year-I want to say Sept or Oct-I have serched the internet but haven't been able to find any information. If I remember correctly the generic wasn't that much cheaper than the name brand-but any little bit helps.....he has been on this medication for about 8 years now and he may have to come to grips that he will need to change to MS Contin since it is so much cheaper-he was on it once before  and it didn't work as well for him-but sometimes-we gotta do what we gotta do......especially since a big chuck of our income will be lost once our son turns 19 next year. It was so much easier when I could work and take care of us.....

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Alternatives . . .

The first one is that my wife and I both got fully approved for SSDI w/out a lawyer at any stage in the process. Where are you with your husband's case? I'll bet he just got his 2nd denial. Keep after it and think of all the money that weasel lawyer won't be getting. The best thing you can do in your 3rd appeal is to stress the mental suffering he is going through. I'm 57 with term. prostate cancer and I let them know that if I wasn't approved , suicide was really my only choice. That sure shook things up. I was approved 60 days later. Just keep fighting and remember, it's YOUR money!!! Too bad about the OK HI system.

I'm glad that you got the Part D and the "Littlr Help"! That sure saves us some $'s. Since my Rxs are so high it also wipes out my co-pays and the "donut hole" as well.

Generic Oxycontin should be back by sept. or oct. manuf. by Ethex. Have you considered switching to OxycodoneIR? I did the last time this happened in '08-'09 and I am still happily on it. I hated the unpredictability of Contin, which is not a continuosly released formula but is released in two phases. The time diff. in release of 2nd phase can be extremely variable due to such things as stomach acidity, smoking, and other causes. For me, taking a 30mg Oxycodone every 4 hrs. does the trick for me. Also the Rx should be only about $100 p/m. Best of luck . . . Q

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Pretty much SOP for any insurance.....

and especially worker's compensation. I worked w/a guy whose wife worked for worker's comp. and they are told to "DENY" and keep denying. With those that stick with it are usually successful. It is compared to those 88% of the folks who don't stay with it are usually the same ones that don't fill out the rebate/warranty card then cry foul when their stuff breaks.

 

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Thanks guys.....I was

Thanks guys.....

I was approved pretty fast-not sure if it was the panic attack I had in court and freaked the judge out or if it was due to working and paying my fair share for the past 35+ years....lol....anyway..

My husband has been in front of the judge and the denial papers we got stated things that we had no idea where they got the information-all not true-it was like the paper read for someone else and maybe got mixed up or something. This is when the lawyer quit and we wrote the SSI and explained everything and they asked for more information-we sent that and we got a letter last month with an extension waiting on more info...I don't know this stuff is all pretty confusing to me...lol.....this has been going on for 4 years...I got approved within 8mo from the date I filed.....

He is on Oxycontin Er 20mg every 8 hours and Norco 10/325 1-2 every 4/6h up to 4 daily PRN-he was on a lot of psyc meds but has since weaned off of them since I am home now to take care of him.

We have a pretty great PM doc/PA-C that we see every month and will do about anything we ask-as far as changing meds if needed-Its just getting my hubby to change is the big problem...lol...he doesn't do well with change....but the cost is killing us and I can't get him to understand (he is a head injury) I was hoping to hold out until the generic Oxycontin was in to see if the cost was great enough to make a difference..

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Hang in there . . .

As BBB said, the ones that don't give up win. My app. took 8.5 months while my wife's took 3 years . . . go figure. And yes, the panic attack that you let rise to the surface in the courtroom DID help. Because of the way they decide these cases they are heavily weighted towards the ones that have a mental aspect. . . Q

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Also, people who take strong

Also, people who take strong pain medication on a daily basis, or someone who can't sit or stand for long periods w/o elevating, or those who would have to call off frequently because of the medical reason for which they are applying. But I think the majority of people who apply for SS will have some type of mental/emotional aspects that will surface at some point during the questioning-because it brings so much of what ails us to the surface, and facing it or discussing it can be so painful.. especially in front of strangers.

Don't give up or give in. We can't let the pain win in every part of our lives Cool