I am so irritated by this that I wanted to post it and put a heads up to people out there.
Came across a woman who was looking to get her medications cheaper. She got a form for the manufacturer’s patient assistance. Filled it out and sent it back in. Then she finds that she is being charged nearly $60.00 every month on her credit card.
After some sleuthing this is what I found out:
She inadvertently got herself signed up with a company that offers the “service” of trying to get your medication cheaper. They charge about $60 a month for this service.
From what I can tell: This “service” is provide you with the appropriate patient assistance form and mail it to you. After you have collected all the necessary documents and you and your doctor have filled out the form, you mail or fax it back. They in turn take what you faxed them and fax it to the patient assistance program.
Here’s what I find irritating: You or your doctor can easily go on line print off the same form, fill it out, and fax all the documentation directly to the patient assistance program yourselves. No need for a middle man that costs you $60 a month. Also, you only usually need to sign up for these programs, once (maybe twice) a year. So for about 5 or 10 minutes of work that they do for you once or twice a year, they charge you $60.
Granted, there MAY be a situation where a company like this could be helpful. I can’t think of one but I wouldn’t say it was impossible.
If you use one of these third party programs and you see a benefit to it…great!! In most cases though you can go directly to the manufacturer’s website for that drug and get any sort of information, copay cards, patient assistance, etc for free. Take it to your doctor for assistance if you need it have them fax in to the fax number on the form and keep your $60 a month.