At almost $240 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for Pradaxa. If you suffer from atrial fibrillation, Pradaxa is one of the most commonly-prescribed treatments to prevent blood clots and stroke, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most pricey.
The good news is that Boehringer Ingelheim’s patents on Pradaxa will start to expire in 2018. The bad news is that it’s a long time until 2018, and the even worse news is that Boehringer may decide to fight to extend its patent rights to Pradaxa. At this rate, who knows when a cheaper, more affordable generic version of Pradaxa will hit the market?
Crummy! And I Still Can’t Afford $240 for Pradaxa!
Okay, the situation is not great (to say the least!), but we still have some options for cheaper, more affordable Pradaxa:
The Pradaxa Savings Card Program. Boehringer offers a program for Pradaxa through which you can get one free prescription of Pradaxa each twelve months or monthly savings of up to $100 on your Pradaxa prescriptions.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation. Boehringer runs a Pradaxa Patient Assistance Program for patients who qualify. To learn more about the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation Patient Assistance Program, please call 1-800-556-8317 or apply online at www.RxHope.com. Please note, while people of all ages are eligible for the program, applications can be sent only to people at least 18 years of age.
Pradaxa Free Samples. If you and your doctor know you need to take Pradaxa for a short-period of time or and the Pradaxa sample is going to help patch you over a tough month or two, by all means… take the Pradaxa samples, but keep in mind, prescription drug samples are not a long-term answer if you still have difficulty paying for your pradaxa. If you can’t afford your Pradaxa after the samples run out, it’s time to talk to your doctor about a longer-term solution.
Generic Pradaxa from Online Foreign Pharmacies. Unlike some other drugs like Advair, generic Pradaxa 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.