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whats the cheapest way to get accutane?

I'm a poor college student and I'm in desperate need of accutane the first half of my first year in college has been pretty much ruined because of cystic acne outbreaks about once a month. Iv'e tried everything and I don't have insurance or that much money. So can someone tell me the cheapest way to get accutane?

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I'm a poor college student and I'm in desperate need of accutane the first half of my first year in college has been pretty much ruined because of cystic acne outbreaks about once a month. Iv'e tried everything and I don't have insurance or that much money. So can someone tell me the cheapest way to get accutane?

Unforunately, I think the cheapest way is insurance. PLEASE don't buy it online, because not only is that risky but its foolish.

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That I don't know. You'd have to check with various pharmacies and the insurance company itself. You can also contact Roche to see if there are assistance programs that might help you get the med cheaper.

Some doctors are quite nice about charging less for persons who don't have insurance so that might help make the monthly doctor visits less onerous. The lab draws can be expensive, too, but you really do need to be followed to make sure you're not killing your liver.

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How big is your college or university? The larger ones will have their own medical facilities, and/or the school will offer you health insurance that you can bundle with your tuition. I'm also a poor college student, so my financial aid covers all costs of insurance. My university--University of Cincinnati--has a dermatology clinic that I can go to and everything. I would look closely into that and see if you are eligible for anything.

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A loan is really a last resort (but so is Accutane!) As a college student without collateral it might be hard to get a loan; you'd have to check with banks to see if you'd qualify. I really do not think a loan for Accutane is such a good idea; I just threw it out as an option to show that where there's a will, there's a way. Part-time work is most likely to help you out while in school.

You could check into prescription coverage insurance (I don't know how to go about that!) by googling. Be careful though and read all the fine print. Since you already have the prescription you might be barred from obtaining prescription coverage for Accutane as it you'd be using it for a pre-existing condition.

I would contact Roche and your college's clinics to see what might be offered there.

Roche website patient assistance program:

http://www.rocheusa.com/programs/patientassist.asp

Roche Patient Assistance Foundation

Roche is a pioneer in providing our drugs, free, to patients who lack prescription coverage and the means to pay for the medications they need. In fact, the Roche Patient Assistance Program was one of the first in the industry, setting the standard for assisting patients in need since the early 1960´s.

Since 2000, the Roche Patient Assistance Foundation has provided free Roche products to patients in need valued at more than $1 billion (based on Wholesale Acquisition Cost or list price). This includes products provided through generous programs to support Boniva® (ibandronate sodium), Fuzeon® (enfuvirtide), Pegasys® (peginterferon alfa-2a), Xeloda® (capecitabine), CellCept® (mycophenolate mofetil), and other Roche products.

Roche does not charge a co-payment and does not limit the time a patient may receive free drug.

To learn more about the Roche Patient Assistance Foundation and our individual product programs, call our toll-free number 1-877-75ROCHE (877-757-6243). To learn more about the extensive list of pharmaceutical industry-sponsored patient assistant programs, access www.pparx.org.

January 2009

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So how much does it cost to go to derm and get accutane subscription? I found out I can just go to canada and they sell a lot cheaper there.

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If I get blue cross blue shield with 500 deductable how much will it cost in all?

If you have had any dermatologist visit or acne related medical expense in the past year, you are going to have what they consider a pre-existing condition, and they will only accept your claim on the contingency of underwriting that excludes acne related costs.

Even if you haven't had that, they might consider it to be preexisting, or more likely have a progression of cheap generic antibiotics that you have to go through in order to prove that you require the last result.

You have my sympathy, because i was in a similar situation. I had had a dermatology visit, so i was told i had no chance of having my course covered. My advice would be to talk to representatives and try to determine if you would have any coverage before you make a long term committment only to be systematically denied.

Oh- and like someone else said, there is a very distinct chance that your university provides insurance or drug coverage of some kind. Check with your student health center, and im sure they will be glad to help you.

Last thing: if you do go the out of pocket route, you can go to "freedrugcard.us", and they give you a modest discount on your rx. I am paying ~210/month for 60 20mg capsuls. All in all that is pretty good comparatively. Best of luck.

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I haven't gone to derm before or gotten any antibiotics but I've tried every over the counter treatment and they haven't worked. So if I go to derm will they not give me accutane based on that?

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I haven't gone to derm before or gotten any antibiotics but I've tried every over the counter treatment and they haven't worked. So if I go to derm will they not give me accutane based on that?

I can't say for certain. There are probably a few variables in there, from the severity of your acne (i.e. is it scarring?), to simply who you go to.

From my experience, I would suspect that they will view accutane as the last resort, and go the antibiotic route. I know that you want to be cleared up ASAP, but for all you know it is possible that your body responds to something some cycline version, and you are spared the physical and economic costs of accutane.

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