December 7, 2010
Dealing with high cost of Azilect
I'm on the AARP Medicarefix Preferred plan for my prescription meds. This year, my first full year on PD meds, I hit the donut hole. I switched from Sinemet to the generic Carbidopa/Levodopa, which was a big cost saving.
Unfortunately there's no generic for Azilect and, boy, is it pricey! A 90-day supply costs $938.14, a price that AARP says it negotiated down from the retail price of $988.28. So the yearly cost is $3752.58.
I did some web searching on this and found a good site -- www.healthpricer.com --that searches for the best costs on prescription meds. The first time I tried it on Azilect I got a price of $570 from a company in Grenada that got good reviews. Today when I checked healthpricer gave a price of $525 from a Canadian company, Maple Leaf Meds, that gets even better reviews. It's website is http://www.mapleleafmeds.com/pricedetail.aspx?drugname=Azilect&affiliate=1216
I've got a supply of Azilect that will last for a couple of months, so I'll continue to check out this possibility. And I'll talk with my neurologist about Azilect and it s costs when I have my next appointment at the end of this month.