• I've recently lost my health insurance and can not afford my medicine----does anyone no what will happen to me if I do not take my creon

    Asked by tibby150 on Friday, March 8, 2013

    I've recently lost my health insurance and can not afford my medicine----does anyone no what will happen to me if I do not take my creon

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear Tibby,

      Immediately phone CancerCare and make an appointment to speak with an Oncology Social Worker asap! She/he besides providing emotional counseling for Cancer patients should be familiar with what to do re applying for insurance (possibly whether you're in a position to qualify for medicaid). There are programs from different pharmaceutical companies (you may have even seen Astra Zeneca advertise on television that if you cannot afford your medication [and they manufacture it] to contact them to see if they can help. They do that. There are also references listed on the lower right corner of this page that may be helpful to you. Also check with the Social Workers at the hospital/institution where you've been having treatment.

      When you mention losing your health insurance, it can be from a variety of reasons. Remember if you have quit or were fired from a job recently, you should be eligible for COBRA which though expensive will still offer you the same benefits you had when you were employed (except you pay the premiums).

      Wishing you the best,
      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      Contact the drug company....many of them have programs to help with drug costs (and sometimes this means they give it no cost) to people who are uninsured or underinsured....

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Tibby150,
      Let me connect you with a website to help you. I give this to my patients when they are facing the same dilemma. It is called needymeds.com and you can get your medicines at low cost or free. You can look up drugs by disease or by name and if it is on the list, it is available. They get these drugs by donation and they include chemotherapies and pain medicines. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar
      JMS

      Dear tibby150 - I can only let you know what happened to me when my doctors suggested I test what would happen if I stopped taking Creon. It's a bit gross, but basically, my pancreas could no longer process fats and they began moving through my body undigested. This resulted in excretion of a yellow-orange oil-type of substance. Simultaneously, I began to feel light-headed and fainted several times. I resumed the Creon and haven't had recurrence of these problems (unless I happen to forget to take the pills). Hope this helps, JMS

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Call the company that makes the medication and get on their support list. This website list organizations that offer financial aid
      https://www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/co-payment_programs#CC
      You should also invistagate what Federal and Local programs you qualify for.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear Tibby,

      You might also wish (this may be a longshot) the State Insurance Dept of the State in which you live - they may have advice for you (I live in NY, so it's the NY State Dept of Insurance here). Try Google. If you have problems, you can let me know. I'm a Librarian (retired), also a Medical Librarian.

      Best,
      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Here are some resources from the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.
      http://www.lustgarten.org/patientmedicalexpenses

      I would also contact, if you cannot find resources there, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancan.org

      over 4 years ago

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