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Is the cost of your mercaptopurine too expensive?

You may qualify for programs where you can pay as little as $0 per fill, subject to income and insurance status.

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NowPatient offers cost effective access to mercaptopurine for everyone including those who are uninsured, those who have commercial insurance as well as those who are enrolled into state or federal programs like Medicaid, Medicare Part D, full Low Income Subsidy (LIS, “Extra Help”), TRICARE or Veterans (VA) Benefits.

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OverviewWhat can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my mercaptopurine?What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my mercaptopurine?What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my mercaptopurine?Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does mercaptopurine cost without insurance?What will my out-of-pocket cost be for mercaptopurine when using the Rx Advantage Card?Is it legal for me to pay cash for mercaptopurine even though I have insurance?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?How do I check prices for mercaptopurine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?Is there a mercaptopurine co-pay program?Is there a mercaptopurine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?What should I do if I take too much mercaptopurine?What are the benefits of NowPatient?US brand name of mercaptopurine and manufacturerUK brand name of mercaptopurine and manufacturerIs mercaptopurine available in the UK on the NHS?Prescription requirement for mercaptopurineActive ingredient of mercaptopurine and mechanism of actionUses of mercaptopurineForms of mercaptopurineDosage of mercaptopurinePrecautions and warnings for mercaptopurineSide effects of mercaptopurineInteractions with other drugsSourcesPeople also asked
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What can I do if I am commercially insured but cannot afford my mercaptopurine?

If you are commercially insured and you cannot afford your copay or co-insurance you can opt for purchasing mercaptopurine outside of your plan using the Rx Advantage card, with costs that are usually lower than a typical plan copay. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

If you cannot afford the cash price possibly due to income constraints, then there is the option of applying to state assistance programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your mercaptopurine without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.

What can I do if I am uninsured and cannot afford my mercaptopurine?

If you cannot afford the cash price of mercaptopurine using the Rx Advantage card then there is the option of applying to state programs like Medicaid. Often, you may be able to receive your mercaptopurine without any costs at all. You can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application.

What can I do if I am insured with Medicare and cannot afford my mercaptopurine?

If you are insured with Medicare and have Part D or an Advantage drug plan but cannot afford your copay or co-insurance element (for example if you are in the coverage gap or Donut Hole) then you have a number of options:

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RX ADVANTAGE CARD

You can use the Rx Advantage to purchase the medication outside of your plan at prices that may be lower than you copay or co-insurance element. If you elect to use this method, out of pocket costs do not contribute towards your plan deductibles.

LOW INCOME SUBSIDY

If this is still too expensive or unaffordable then you can apply for federal support like Low Income Subsidy (LIS). To be eligible for Low Income Subsidy, you need to be resident in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. You can check eligibility online at SSA Medicare D Extra Help. You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

MEDICAID

Alternatively, you can check Medicaid eligibility in your state by following this link to the HealthCare.gov. The government site is easy to use and you can select your state and it will navigate you to the appropriate contact point to make the application. State Medicaid programs may cover the full cost of your medication.

Am I eligible for the Rx Advantage Card and how much does mercaptopurine cost without insurance?

Our website gives savings options to customers who wish to purchase mercaptopurine, as either a brand or generic, without the constraints of insurance. By using the Rx Advantage Card, users can save up to 90% on the cost of their medication. The card can be used at over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. Even if you are insured, in most cases the cash price will be significantly cheaper than your existing co-pay. NowPatient is able to negotiate discounts on bulk drug purchases with pharmacy owners meaning you can access lower medication prices at nearby pharmacies using our card that can be conveniently stored in your NowPatient account.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for mercaptopurine when using the Rx Advantage Card?

Your out-of-pocket (OOP) cost will effectively be the discounted cash price you pay for mercaptopurine using the Rx Advantage Card. If you are insured, your OOP expense can not be used against your plan deductible, if your plan has a deductible.

Yes. The Rx Advantage card is especially useful for people who have High-deductible health plans (HDHPs). It can be used for insured, uninsured, and underinsured persons.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Medicare or any other federal or state insurance plans?

No. We do not bill any federal or state insurance including Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug benefit). When you purchase your medication using the NowPatient Rx Advantage Card, you will be doing so out of pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket mercaptopurine cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

Does the Rx Advantage Card work with Commercial Insurance?

We do not bill your commercial insurance. When you purchase your medication using the Rx Advantage Card, from NowPatient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps in the event you have a plan with a deductible. The out-of-pocket mercaptopurine cash price you pay can be typically cheaper than your plan copay.

How do I check prices for mercaptopurine and how do I use the Rx Advantage Card?

You can search for the prices at nearby pharmacies using our website. Simply search your medication and enter your ZIP Code and we will show you the price of your drug at nearby pharmacies. If you are happy with the quote, you need to create an account with NowPatient and generate your card. Next, simply go to the pharmacy and fill your mercaptopurine Rx. Ask the pharmacy to run the card and check the price, even if they tell you they have another card they use. Your card is stored safely in your NowPatient account.

Do I need to pay for the Rx Advantage Card?

No. The Rx Advantage prescription savings card is FREE to use and store for NowPatient users.

Is there a mercaptopurine co-pay program?

Generic medications like mercaptopurine do not have co-pay card savings options. A Copay program, if available, would normally be for the brand name version of mercaptopurine. You can search the brand name of mercaptopurine and check to see if a co-pay program exists. Co-pay cards are programs run by pharmaceutical companies that offer you a direct way to lower your out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for eligible patients. The copay cards essentially allow physicians to prescribe medications that are clinically preferred.

Is there a mercaptopurine Patient Assistance Program (PAP)?

Generic medications like mercaptopurine do not have PAP savings options. A Patient assistance program, if available would normally be for the brand name version of mercaptopurine. You can search the brand name of mercaptopurine and check to see if a co-PAP exists. PAPs are programs that are run and sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. They offer uninsured, insured, or underinsured individuals access to high-cost brand-name medications, which may otherwise be unaffordable.

What should I do if I take too much mercaptopurine?

Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using mercaptopurine. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you've used too much mercaptopurine. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.

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US brand name of mercaptopurine and manufacturer

Mercaptopurine is FDA approved and available in the US under the brand names Purixan and Purinethol. It is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

UK brand name of mercaptopurine and manufacturer

Mercaptopurine is available in the UK under the brand name Purinethol. It is also manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Is mercaptopurine available in the UK on the NHS?

Yes, mercaptopurine is available on the NHS in the UK.

Prescription requirement for mercaptopurine

Mercaptopurine is a prescription medication and requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.

Active ingredient of mercaptopurine and mechanism of action

Mercaptopurine contains the active ingredient mercaptopurine. It belongs to a class of medications known as antimetabolites. It works by interfering with the growth and replication of cancer cells.

Uses of mercaptopurine

Mercaptopurine is a purine antagonist, primarily used for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL; also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It is also used off-label for other conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Forms of mercaptopurine

Mercaptopurine is available in the form of oral tablets. The specific strength and formulation will depend on the individual patient’s needs and the prescribing healthcare provider’s instructions. Store mercaptopurine at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct light.

Dosage of mercaptopurine

The dosage of mercaptopurine tablets will vary depending on the specific indication, the individual patient’s body weight, and other factors. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

If you forget to take your medication, take the missed dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time..

Precautions and warnings for mercaptopurine

  • Mercaptopurine should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider experienced in the use of chemotherapy medications. Patients taking mercaptopurine for the treatment of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have developed hepatosplenic T cell lymphoma, a very serious type of cancer
  • It can have serious side effects, including bone marrow suppression, a reduction in the number of white blood cells and platelets in your blood and an increased risk of infections. Regular monitoring of blood counts is necessary during treatment
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver disease, kidney disease, a condition where your body cannot produce enough of the enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT), or any type of infection
  • It is essential to discuss the potential risks and benefits of mercaptopurine with your healthcare provider, especially if you have a history of certain medical conditions or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Speak to your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to mercaptopurine or azathioprine in the past
  • You are advised not to breast-feed while taking mercaptopurine or for 1 week after stopping it

Side effects of mercaptopurine

Common side effects of mercaptopurine may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, sore throat, loss of appetite, tiredness, and hair loss. It can also cause more serious side effects, such as bone marrow suppression, liver toxicity, and increased risk of infections. It is important to report any persistent or concerning adverse effects to your healthcare provider.

Interactions with other drugs

Mercaptopurine may have drug interactions with other medications, including certain immunosuppressants, aminosalicylates such as olsalazine and sulfasalazine, anticoagulants such as warfarin, allopurinol and medications that affect liver enzymes. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking including vitamis and supplements to ensure there are no potential interactions.

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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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