A Guide to Prescription Drug Assistance in Maine
The high cost of prescription drugs is a burden for many families. Many insurance plans, whether public, or private, provide few benefits for drugs. At the same time, the costs of medications have grown. The resources below are an attempt to provide you with some alternatives.
An extensive resource from the State of Maine website.
RxCaresforME.org - A prescription assistance programs database.
For those of us near the border, purchasing cheaper drugs in Canada is one of the attractive alternatives. We have not personally tried most of these alternatives. All drugs sold and distributed from Canada are regulated by Health Canada, a federal government department that is comparable to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
A very partial list of Canadian Online Pharmacies (toll-free phone numbers)
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick has a data base of physicians who are licensed to write prescriptions in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Many of these physicians practice in Maine.
The list is a bit tricky to get to, so here are further instructions:
You will get a long list of Doctors that don't reside in NB, but are registered there. The list is in alphabetical order by last name. Many Maine Doctors are listed.
To further complicate the issue, a few drugs are cheaper in the US and some drugs that are sold in the US are not sold in Canada.
Don't forget to check with your local independent pharmacy. Locally owned pharmacies are often cheaper than the chains and may have better service. (Makes you wonder what the chain pharmacies do with their profits, eh?)
Here is a sampling of US prescription websites. Again, we have not necessarily used these sites and cannot vouch for them. Consumer be-cautious, as usual!