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Postby Lindyloo31 » Wed 23 Jun 2010 22:02 GMT

Hi all

Does anyone have any idea how much I would pay for my medication in Canada? I am taking an immuno-suppressant and can only find online pharmacies that say i would pay about $100 per month. Is this a typical price or would it be much more at the likes of Shoopers Drug Mart or any other pharmacies? I read a post here that said immuno-suppressants can cost $20000 per year and this has worried me, as you can imagine!

Any help is very much appreciated!

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Postby Graeme » Thu 24 Jun 2010 15:13 GMT

Tough question as medication costs vary so much across Canada and so much would depend on what exactly you are on.Will you have any third party medication payment plans when you are here as some of them can help a lot. I'm on Pacific Blue Cross and they pay 80% of 'most' medication costs. I pay first then they reimburse me, it's done through my employer and covers my wife and kids. Any chance you'll have access to this sort of thing?
On line pharmacies can be difficult and you don't always know what medication you are getting, as a weird example an on-line company which was out of China was shipping a dietary supplement which was found to have high levels of Sildenafil (Viagra) in it, no wonder the clients were losing weight, they had other things on their minds :lol: Of course there can be bad results as well :roll:
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Postby Lindyloo31 » Fri 25 Jun 2010 08:47 GMT

Hi Graeme

I'm coming to Ontario as a student so won't have any coverage from an employer...the medication I am taking is Imuran (Azathioprine) and when I have tried to price it, the only data I can find is from online pharmacies. They say they are canadian and quote around $100 per month for what I need. I've made sure I've got enough to cover my meds needs, but i'm hoping i've not wildly underestimated! Do you think if i called a pharmacy they would be able to tell me?

Many thanks for your reply

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Postby Graeme » Fri 25 Jun 2010 15:04 GMT

Calling the pharmacies might be useful, try the bigger pharmacies like London Drugs, Pharmasave, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc and you might get a better answer than the 'Ma and Pop' drug stores. Imuran is a fairly common medication and you should be able to get it no problem, however regarding the on-line pharmacies I'm not sure that the Canadian ones can actually send medications to Canada, I thought they were abroad only. That might be something you want to check out as well. Perhaps you could post your findings on here so the rest of us become educated on the subject.
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Postby Lindyloo31 » Fri 25 Jun 2010 22:58 GMT

Hi Graeme

Thanks so much for your help!

I will ring the pharmacies you suggested and ask them for a ballpark figure on costs, then post their response....fingers crossed its a good one!

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Postby Lindyloo31 » Sat 26 Jun 2010 18:28 GMT

Quick update!!

I've just spoken with a pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart and they said that Imuran is $78.36 per month, with the generic version being $49.38 per month. This is a lot less than I had budgeted for, so i'm very pleased!

Hope this info will be useful to anyone else worried abot medication...I imagine this price will be the same at any pharmacy in Ontario?

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Catastrophic Drugs Costs

Postby MissApril75 » Wed 29 Jun 2011 19:42 GMT

This is the most recent thread I can see on prescription drug costs. It's not generally known but in most of Canada, if you get hit with very high drugs costs, you may get some assistance.

Those people I've come across who know about it think of it as for lower incomes and maybe those folk are super rich and consider $100k to be a low income. :shock:

But it's more about the cost of the treatments rather than how much your income is.

In all but two provinces, if your drugs costs exceed 3% to 5% of your net income, then you may get help with the excess. Your income might get overestimated and they might look at the incomes of others in the home, but people ought to know this exists if they have limited or no coverage.

For diabetes, you can easily be looking at $340 a month for testing supplies, syringes and meds.

Diabetes often goes hand in hand with High Cholesterol and High Blood pressure. Those meds can take the monthly cost to $450.

That's $5400 a year.

So in a province with the 3% rule, net income under $180k would make you eligible (see...it's not only for lower incomes), while in a 5% province, $108k net would be the cut off point.

Obviously all this doesn't matter for those with other coverage. But those plans may not last forever or there may be limits. Or people with existing conditions may not get coverage.

Anyway, I thought I'd point this out. There's an ad on TV with a woman in an empty house talking about not being able to afford meds. The implication is clearly that everything in the house had to be sold to pay for the meds to treat her husband.

If that works because Canadians don't know about the plans available and will sign up for the extra coverage advertised, then soon to be (or current) expats may not know either.

Now you will know.

PEI and NB are the exceptions, but NB's is on the way. Supposedly.
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