At almost $900 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for Spiriva. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, Spiriva is one of the most commonly-prescribed prescription treatments, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most pricey.
The good news is that the patent on Spiriva will finally expire in March 2014. The bad news is that it’s still a long way until 2014, and it will probably still take a few months after that for Spiriva prices to come down.
Crummy! And I Still Can’t Afford $900 a Month for Spiriva!
Okay, the situation is not great (to say the least!), but we still have some options for cheaper, more affordable Spiriva:
Spiriva Coupons. From time to time, Pfizer has offered patients coupons to help them buy Spiriva. We can’t find any Spiriva coupons available right now, but as soon as we hear of any, we’ll be posting the news.
The Pfizer Patient Assistance Programs. Pfizer offers assistance to patients with a financial hardship who meet eligibility requirements. Pfizer offers a range of programs for patients who may be uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, or facing other financial difficulties. Patients who meet a program’s eligibility criteria are provided with Pfizer products like Spiriva for free, at a savings, or with reimbursement support services.
Spiriva Free Samples. If you and your doctor know you need to take Spiriva for a short-period of time or and the Spiriva sample is going to help patch you over a tough month or two, by all means… take the Spiriva samples, but keep in mind, prescription drug samples are not a long-term answer if you still have difficulty paying for your Spiriva. If you can’t afford your Spiriva after the samples run out, it’s time to talk to your doctor about a longer-term solution.
Generic Spiriva from Online Foreign Pharmacies. Unlike some other drugs like Advair, generic Spiriva 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.
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