At almost $140 a pop, it’s probably no surprise that we get lots of questions about trying to find cheaper, more affordable sources for Symbicort. If you suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Symbicort is one of the most commonly-prescribed treatments, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most pricey.
The good news is that Astrazeneca‘s patents on Symbicort will start to expire in September. The bad news is that Astrazeneca is fiercely guarding its rights to Symbicort, and will probably wage war to extend its patents and keep generic Symbicort off the shelves. At this rate, who knows when a cheaper, more affordable generic version of Symbicort will hit the market?
Crummy! And I Still Can’t Afford $140 for Symbicort!
Okay, the situation is not great (to say the least!), but we still have some options for cheaper, more affordable Symbicort:
The Symbicort Patient Assistance Program. AstraZeneca runs a Symbicort Patient Assistance Program for patients who qualify. If you are an individual making $30,000 or less or a family of four making $60,000 or less you may qualify for an AZ & Me™ Prescription Savings Program.
Symbicort Free Samples. If you and your doctor know you need to take Symbicort for a short-period of time or and the Symbicort sample is going to help patch you over a tough month or two, by all means… take the Symbicort samples, but keep in mind, prescription drug samples are not a long-term answer if you still have difficulty paying for your Symbicort. If you can’t afford your Symbicort after the samples run out, it’s time to talk to your doctor about a longer-term solution.
Generic Symbicort from Online Foreign Pharmacies. Unlike some other drugs like Advair, generic Symbicort 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.