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HOW TO GET
CHEAP DRUGS
by Frank Kaiser

If we seniors had just one prescribed pill for every promise politicians have made proposing adequate Medicare-drug benefits, we'd each have a lifetime pile of pharmaceuticals.

More bogus assurances belch forth from Washington daily.

Unfortunately, all the drug company cards, LillyAnswers, Orange Card, Novartis CareCard, etc. have been cancelled because "they are not needed with Plan D."

Yes, that's what Big Pharma is saying!

Same for most of the free drug patient assistance programs offered until January, 2006.

However, you can still buy cheap drugs abroad, see http://www.suddenlysenior.com/canadiandrugstores.html. And also...

CHECK OUT WHAT
YOUR STATE HAS TO OFFER...

Alaska - Chronic and Acute Medical Assistance
(888) 804-6330

California - Prescription Assisance for Medicare Patients
(916) 445-5014

Connecticut - Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly (800) 842-1508

Delaware Prescription Assistance Program
(800) 996-9669 ext. 17

Florida – Pharmaceutical Expense Assistance for Low-Income Elderly (888) 419-3456

Illinois – Circuit Breaker and Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (800) 356-6302

Indiana – HoosierRx Program
(866) 267-4679

Maine – Elderly Low-Cost Drug Program
(800) 300-5000

Maryland – Maryland Pharmacy Assistance Program
(800) 492-1974

Massachusetts – Senior Pharmacy Program
(800) 243-4636

Michigan – Michigan Emergency Pharmaceutical Program for Seniors (517) 373-8230

Minnesota – Senior Drug Program
(800) 333-2433

Nevada – SeniorRx
(800) 262-7726

New Hampshire – New Hampshire Senior Prescription Discount Program (603) 271-4688

New Jersey – Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (800) 792-9745

New York – Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Fee Plan (800) 332-3724

Pennsylvania – Phamaceutical Assistance for the Elderly
(800) 225- 7223

Rhode Island – Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Elderly (401) 222-2858

South Carolina – SilverRx Card
(803) 737-6231

Vermont – Vermont Health Access Plan
(800) 631-7788

Washington – Alliance to Reduce Prescription Drug Spending
(360) 923-2711

West Virginia – Senior Prescription Assistance Network
(877) 987-2622


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