How to get free buprenorphine meds for opioid dependence
Thank you for visiting. Some of the information discussed below may have changed somewhat in recent months. The Suboxone Here-To-Help program seems to have been quietly discontinued. I heard that they would honor the months left for existing members, but no one new would be signed up. Fortunately, generic films/strips are now available and prices are lower for generic Suboxone in general. Please listen to my podcast and subscribe. It is The Rehab Podcast. The official website for the podcast is TheRehab.com. You can also find it in your favorite podcast app. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and let me know what you would like to see in future content by sending comments here.
Free Suboxone, Free Subutex, Free Zubsolv, Free buprenorphine?
Free Suboxone, free Subutex, free Zubsolv and free buprenorphine are available for those who qualify. It is important to be aware of patient assistance programs. For Suboxone has a program called Here To Help. Also, there is a ZubSolv program. Subutex, as far as I know, does not have a patient assistance program. If you are uninsured, you may qualify. Also, they are for people with low income.
So, how can you apply for Here To Help?
First, you go to the website, suboxone.com. Look for the Here To Help program phone number. Second, call the number and register for the program. Third, you will be sent an application to fill out. Also, you will need to have your doctor sign the application.
What limitations are there for these programs?
Keep in mind, there are patient limits for free suboxone and free Zubsolv. In the Here To Help program, there is a limit of three patients per doctor. The Zubsolv program allows for one patient per doctor. So, if you are planning to join one of these programs, ask your doctor if there are free spaces. If you need help for a short time, ZubSolv has vouchers that cover 15 free tablets each. They allow each patient to use two vouchers in a lifetime. If you take up to 16mg daily of buprenorphine, It is possible to get a full month covered. If you do not qualify for a free program, check the drug maker websites or ask your pharmacist about discount cards.
What about cheap generics?
Unfortunately, the generics are not cheap. The certainly are not on the Walmart $4 list. In fact, at best, $4 per tablet may be the best price you will find. Yes, that is per tablet. To help out, many pharmacies will allow patients to fill part of the prescription. When you are ready to buy more, you go back and get what you can afford. But, make sure you ask your pharmacy if they allow this and if they have limitations.
Will the government help out?
You may have heard in the news, state governments and the US federal government want to help fight opioid addiction. Hence, they have promised to spend a lot of money on the problem. So, where is this money going? If it’s not paying for the doctor visits and its not paying for the medicine, then how are they helping? It would be great they could help pay for life-saving buprenorphine. At least, the federal government could resolve the issue with overpriced generic buprenorphine.