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.



MAINE RESOURCES

An extensive resource from the State of Maine website.
http://www.state.me.us/dhs/beas/medbook.htm

RxCaresforME.org - A prescription assistance programs database.
You can find programs that will assist with the costs of individual medications.
RxCaresforME.org is a service brought to you by a collaboration of concerned individuals and organizations joining America's pharmaceutical companies to improve health care access for the citizens of Maine.
http://RxCaresForME.org




CANADA


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)
http://www.Canadameds.com , 1-877-542-3330
http://www.CrossBorderPharmacy.com, 1-888-626-0696
http://www.CanadaRx.com , 1-866-262-2174
http://www.MapleLeafPharmacy.com, 1-888-431-2025
http://www.universaldrugstore.com/, 1-866-456-2456

NAPAC: North American Pharmacy Accreditation Commission http://www.napac.org



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.

This list will allow you to choose a local physician who can write a prescription that you can use across the border. Canadian drugs are not only price controlled, but the exchange rate gives you a few extra cents for each U.S. dollar.

College of Physicians and surgeons of New Brunswick website

The list is a bit tricky to get to, so here are further instructions:

  • Choose a language on the homepage
  • Choose Medical Directory on the links list
  • Scroll down to Region and click on the Outside NB button
  • Scroll down to Search and click on the button.

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.




U.S.


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!

Some US sites:
http://drugstore.com
http://www.Familymeds.com
http://www.Savon.com
http://walgreens.com




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