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Azilect/New generic price increase!

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I have been taking Azilect for almost 4 years since my diagnosis in 2013. I am also taking generic Simemet 25/100 CR 4 x day and 12 mg . Ropinerole once/day.   After some tweaking I'm getting the Sinemet CR are down to a pretty good timing provided I don't eat a heavy meal anywhere near my dose or get constipated. My quiestion is......I got approval from my Insurance company to stay with the namebrand Azilect since I'd been on it so long. Hated to switch to a generic and have issues. I went into sticker shock when I went to pick it up at the pharmacy yesterday. Even with my insurance saying Ok it's still $243 !! Generic is $143! Since I've started it it copays have gradually increased from  $25 to $50 and then $75 . Now this!!! I had them give me the generic to see what happens. Even that is a bit pricey. So my question. How benificial is Azilect? Is it worth taking ? i know they say that it can be neuro protective and basically mild symptom relief. If it's not worth taking it would certainly make my med's more affordable. It's the most expensive one I take. Just wanted to know what your opinion was. These drug prices are getting rediculous and it's very frustrating! I was a care giver myself for 30 years as Dental Hygienist. It's discouraging how the insurance companies dictate treatment and medications and it's so very wrong!!!! I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts!

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I completely understand where you are coming from. I am a Pharmacist and a person living with Parkinson's. As far as the Azilect is concerned and whether or not you should take it. That question can only be answered by you. Does the Azilect improve your quality of life? if the answer is yes, then you should probably stay on it. 

When it comes to the pricing of medications when a generic version becomes available is a unique situation. In the case of Azilect, when there are one or maybe two companies producing the generic, you will see that the generic will not be much less then what you have been paying for the Brand name before the generic came out. When the generic does come out you ma see that the brand name medication may now be more expense. This is basically due to the fact that most people will be switching to the generic and the Brand name company will be trying to get the most out of what is left in the Brand name market.

I hope this helps.

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Your best bet is to call the Big Box stores like Walmart, Sam's Club, and Costco first. You do not need to be a member of Sam's Club or Costco to have a prescription filled their. Then call Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. The big box stores buy in such large quantities that they can usually charge a lesser price.

I hope this helps and please keep me posted.

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