Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is prescribed to treat those with chronic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Asthma and COPD are both dangerous diseases of the lungs that inhibit ease of breathing. Symbicort works by both reducing inflammation in the lungs and relaxing the muscles in the airway, thus facilitating ease of breathing.
There is currently no generic available for Symbicort. Asthma and COPD medications are very specific and often prescribed over a long period of time, as there is no cure for these conditions. With no insurance, prescriptions of Symbicort can cost as much as $250 per inhaler. Considering that most patients prefer to have more than one inhaler on hand, those costs add up. Even with insurance, co-pays for Symbicort stack up over time.
Comparison shopping is one of the easiest ways to save money on prescriptions; not all pharmacies charge the same for the same medication. Using these comparison shopping tools and a Symbicort discount card, patients can begin to save money immediately.
Manufacturer Coupons for Symbicort
AstraZeneca, the makers of Symbicort, offer additional coupons online for this medication. Qualifying patients with insurance may also receive up to a 12 months’ supply of Symbicort free. Even patients on Medicare and Medicaid (who normally do not qualify for manufacturer coupons) may qualify to receive their first inhaler free.
Patient Assistance Programs for Symbicort
AstraZeneca has additional assistance programs for low-income patients called AZ&ME. Patients in Medicare Part D may qualify for this assistance. Patients are urged to go online to check terms of assistance or call AstraZeneca directly. 1-800-292-6363
Manufacturer discount programs are unavailable to Medicare and Medicaid recipients; however, those on government health programs may still qualify for additional governmental assistance on the costs of their prescriptions. The program provides for up to $4,000 worth of assistance over 12 months. Patients can check out the SSA’s Extra Help Program online to see if they qualify.