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My mother-in-law's doctor will be prescribing Iressa to her tomorrow. She is on Medicare, no current supplement (one will start 9/1 but with no prescription benefit).

From what I'm seeing, Iressa costs about $1,800 per month.

It doesn't look like she qualifies for assistance from the manufacturer....does anyone else have other ideas?

I may sound naive, but how do patients pay for such expensive drugs?

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I'm not sure what state you're in or what your state offers, but in California there is a Bill 37 that passed in 2001 that Medicare is suppose to pay for items that provide treatment. Give a call to 1-800-4-CANCER and ask them about insurance questions. They really helped me with questions I had. I read that if you challenge things such as this, usually the patient wins. Good luck.

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