Don’t Put Your Prescription in the Trash, Get Help Instead

man buying prescription medicinesPeople with chronic diseases are the ones who need medication to manage their condition, but some of them are also the ones least likely to afford it. Instead of going without treatment, they should go for available financial help.

Chronic diseases now cause 70% of deaths in the United States. People with limited financial means are more likely to get a chronic illness, and they tend to get illnesses earlier in life than people with more resources available to them. One in four children from minority groups, for example, have pre-diabetes. Diseases that are considered typical of middle-aged and older citizens are hitting young people in their 20s, too.

Young people on low wages may not have the money or the insurance coverage to pay for their medications, and it’s common for patients to throw away their prescriptions.

The Cost of Skipping Medication

Not receiving medication or reducing the amount taken can have devastating effects. A 26-year-old man lost his life to uncontrolled diabetes after his 26th birthday when he was too old to be included in his parent’s insurance plan. As a restaurant worker, he couldn’t afford the $1,300 price tag on his life-giving medication. Despite finding his own insurance, the deductibles on a plan he could afford were so high that he was still unable to obtain the medicine. He decided to ration it to make ends meet. That was to be a fatal mistake. He died only days later from diabetic ketoacidosis – a condition prevented by insulin.

Prescription Assistance

Victoza prescription assistance is available for people with diabetes. Victoza slows down metabolism after meals, helps control blood sugar levels, and helps the pancreas produce more insulin when blood sugars rise, helping prevent the severe side effects of diabetes. Supplementary insulin and other essential drugs are also available through assistance programs.

The high cost of medication, coupled with under-insurance, can put life-saving treatments out of reach, but prescription assistance schemes give members huge discounts on medicines at selected pharmacies.