At more than $225 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for Dulera. If you suffer from asthma, Dulera is one of the most commonly-prescribed treatments, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most pricey.
The good news is that Merck‘s patents on Dulera will start to expire in January 2014. The bad news is that it’s a loooonnnng time until 2014, and Merck may fight to extend its patents and keep generic Dulera off the shelves. At this rate, who knows when a cheaper, more affordable generic version of Dulera will hit the market?
Crummy! And I Still Can’t Afford $225 for Dulera!
Okay, the situation is not great (to say the least!), but we still have some options for cheaper, more affordable Dulera:
The Dulera Savings Card. The Dulera Savings Card is a program for patients to help pay their Dulera co-pays and out-of-pocket costs. If you are eligible, The Dulera Savings Card will reduce your Dulera co-pay or out-of-pocket costs over $25 up to $75 per prescription on up to 12 prescriptions. If you are interested in The Dulera Savings Card, you can apply here.
The Merck Patient Assistance Program. Merck runs the Merck Patient Assistance Program for patients who qualify. If you belong to a household making $43,560 or less for individuals, $58,840 or less for couples, or $89,400 or less for a family of 4 or have other special circumstances, you may qualify
Dulera Free Samples. If you and your doctor know you need the Dulera sample to help patch you over a tough month or two, by all means… take the Dulera samples, but keep in mind, prescription drug samples are not a long-term answer if you still have difficulty paying for your Dulera. If you can’t afford your Dulera after the samples run out, it’s time to talk to your doctor about a longer-term solution.
Generic Dulera from Online Foreign Pharmacies. Unlike some other drugs like Advair, generic Dulera is actually available outside the U.S., and it can be ordered online from foreign pharmacies for a fraction of what it costs in the U.S. While not legal, the FDA and the DEA do not generally go after private individuals who bring in small (90 day and less) supplies of prescription drugs from overseas. That being said, this is still not a legal practice and it can be gamble on the safety and effectiveness of foreign meds. We strongly suggest being cautious on where you order foreign prescription drugs from. For more on ordering prescription drugs from overseas, check out our blog: O, Canada! Buying Prescription Drugs from Online Foreign Pharmacies.