I have been taking Lamictal (100mg) and Vimpat (50mg) to control my seizures. My present insurance company is Blue Cross / Blue Shield. With BC/BS I am paying approx. $150.00 per month for Lamictal and $50.00 per month for Vimpat. I take 4 pills per day of Lamictal and 3 pils per day of Vimpat. I am retired and I am struggling to pay for the meds. After a great deal of testing my Neuro found that this combination has been successful at controlling my seizures. My Neuro has also determined that the generic Lamictal (Lamotrigine) will not work for me. Very shortly I will go on Medicare and get a Plan D - drug coverage. My research revealed that there are no Part D providers that will cover Lamicatal and Vimpat for an affordable price. My Neuro has attempted to work with the Plan D providers to get both of my drugs on their formulary without success! The providers suggested I try "step therapy" as a way of reducing the cost of my meds. I want to avoid this process as in the last 25 years I have tried most of the anti-epileptic meds and it has been proven (at least to me and my Neuro) that the present meds work the best.
Question: Can anyone tell me how I can reduce the cost of my meds without resorting to step therapy?
Question: Is it possible to get assistance from the drug manufacturer or some company / agency? (Note that I am not on disability.