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Old 10-09-2009, 02:15 PM
 
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My grandmother is 81 and had a mastectomy to treat her breast cancer earlier this year. Her doctor then placed her on the drug Arimidex to hopefully prevent any re-occurrence. At this point in the year she is caught in the donut hole that is Medicare Rx coverage and will be forced to pay out of pocket for the rest of the year for her prescriptions. Arimidex is roughly $350/month out of pocket and she is on a fixed income. If anyone out there knows of any coupons or programs that could help her (or if anyone has access to samples) for the rest of this year I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!!
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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AstraZeneca, the maker of Arimidex, is a sponsor of RxAssist:

RxAssist - Patient Assistance Programs

AstraZeneca also has an "AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program"

AstraZeneca: Patient & Prescription Assistance Programs
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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Everyone-

My grandmother is 81 and had a mastectomy to treat her breast cancer earlier this year. Her doctor then placed her on the drug Arimidex to hopefully prevent any re-occurrence. At this point in the year she is caught in the donut hole that is Medicare Rx coverage and will be forced to pay out of pocket for the rest of the year for her prescriptions. Arimidex is roughly $350/month out of pocket and she is on a fixed income. If anyone out there knows of any coupons or programs that could help her (or if anyone has access to samples) for the rest of this year I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!!
Arimidex is made by Astra Zeneca. They are always running commercials that say [paraphrased] "If you can't afford your medication, Astra Zeneca can help". Sounds like a perfect opportunity to have them live up to their advertising. Give them a call and ask them what they can do. Good luck.
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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She should also investigate anti-oxidants. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and Isotonix supplements are an important part of her recovery. If your grandmother is getting x-ray treatments we suggest taking aloe juice and applying the lotion to the skin areas that get burned.
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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AstraZeneca, the maker of Arimidex, is a sponsor of RxAssist:

RxAssist - Patient Assistance Programs

AstraZeneca also has an "AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program"

AstraZeneca: Patient & Prescription Assistance Programs
As an oncology NP - this is excellent advice. Have your grandmother call her medical oncologist....his/her nurse can do the paperwork for medication assistance. If he is a hospital based physician, an oncology social worker will often handle this.

Tried to rep you CHTransplant - won't let me!!
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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She should also investigate anti-oxidants. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and Isotonix supplements are an important part of her recovery. If your grandmother is getting x-ray treatments we suggest taking aloe juice and applying the lotion to the skin areas that get burned.

Totally different. Arimidex is an aromatase inhibitor, used to block estrogen in post-menopausal estrogen receptor positive patients.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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Totally different. Arimidex is an aromatase inhibitor, used to block estrogen in post-menopausal estrogen receptor positive patients.
Yeah, I semi-understand your deep medicine. What we observed was the recovery between treatments was much better for my wife that for the people going through chemotherapy treatment at the same time without the support of Isotonix antioxidants and vitamins and the aloe. This has to be done carefully or you may overcome the beneficial toxicity of the conventional treatment.
My wife never missed a treatment. Several of her compatriots had to skip treatments because their recovery was not adequate. I do not claim any of the Isotonix nutritional supplements treat cancer. That would be a dumb claim, not supported by any science. We did see much better recovery between chemotherapy treatments, so she was able to continue them. Just our experience.
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Old 10-10-2009, 04:55 AM
 
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Yeah, I semi-understand your deep medicine. What we observed was the recovery between treatments was much better for my wife that for the people going through chemotherapy treatment at the same time without the support of Isotonix antioxidants and vitamins and the aloe. This has to be done carefully or you may overcome the beneficial toxicity of the conventional treatment.
My wife never missed a treatment. Several of her compatriots had to skip treatments because their recovery was not adequate. I do not claim any of the Isotonix nutritional supplements treat cancer. That would be a dumb claim, not supported by any science. We did see much better recovery between chemotherapy treatments, so she was able to continue them. Just our experience.
I understand....patients have to do a variety of things to get trough their treatments and remain in "fighting shape". I hope your wife is doing wel!
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