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Hello forum friends,

Before 3 years my dad got a non-small cells lung cancer. Now after 3 years the only chance to save him is unending supply of a medicine named Iressa.

This medicine costs 3000 dollars now, but before not a long time ago people have gotten it for free in a part of a clinical experiment.

If you have the medicine and don't need it please donate it to my father, help me save my fathers life.

please write to my e-mail Iressa4life@yahoo.com, in order to get contact


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It is illegal in this country to give away or sell prescription medications to someone for whom the prescription was not written. This includes sending the medications overseas.

There may be legitimate groups where we can donate the medications, but I haven't found one yet that can accept them.

By the way, the manufacturer of Iressa, Astra-Zeneca, is not an American Company, and it's my understanding that citizens of countries other than America pay far less for Iressa than we do here. Astra-Zeneca also provides medication to those with legitimate need at no or very low costs. Have your Oncologist contact Astra Zeneca for information on how the Oncologist can obtain the medication on your behalf.

Good Luck to you on your search for help.

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Is there a chance of going through a clinical trial? I've just started in on one at Mayo Clinic that involves Iressa--check with your oncologist. Best of luck and God bless!

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Dear Iressa4life,

Elaine posted the following under the "New Treatments/New Medications" section of the board not so long ago. I hope it helps.



Apparently, some Doctor's offices are still telling people on Medicare that Medicare won't cover IRESSA. until 2006. That is not the case, but you need to apply now, as the benefit is limited...

Thousands to Get Coverage for Cancer Drugs Under Medicare Demo Program

Yahoo news

June 25, 2004

Some 25,000 cancer patients on Medicare (news - web sites) will soon be able to get coverage for life-saving chemotherapy drugs that are not currently paid for by the agency.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is beginning a lottery process to select patients who will receive the drug coverage more than a year before it becomes available to all Medicare beneficiaries in January, 2006.

The American Cancer Society (news - web sites) lobbied for the transitional coverage -- called a demonstration program -- as part of the Medicare reform law passed last year.

"It's definitely a victory," said Wendy Selig, vice president of legislative affairs for ACS. "While it's not going to meet every need of every person out there, it's certainly going to make a difference to those 25,000 people."

Medicare currently offers coverage of chemotherapy drugs that are given in a doctor's office, intravenously or by injection, as well as pill versions of these drugs. But many newer drugs are available only as pills that a patient can take at home; these drugs typically have not been covered. Because many of these medications are very expensive, many Medicare beneficiaries cannot afford them on their own.

Cost Savings on 11 Cancer Drugs

The new demonstration project will make 11 of these drugs available as early as September, at substantially lower prices:

. Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) for chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumor

. Bexarotene (Targretin) for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

. Temozolomide (Temodar) for anaplastic astrocytoma

. Altretamine (Hexalen) for epithelial ovarian cancer

. Thalidomide (Thalomid) for multiple myeloma

. Gefitinib (Iressa) for non-small cell lung cancer

. Letrozole (Femara) for stages 2-4 breast cancer

. Exemestane (Aromasin) for stages 2-4 breast cancer

. Anastrozole (Arimidex) for stages 2-4 breast cancer

. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) for stages 2-4 breast cancer

. Toremifene (Fareston) for stages 2-4 breast cancer

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (news - web sites), most patients can expect to save 55% to 90% off the cost of these drugs. People with lower incomes will save even more. Gleevec, for instance, retails for nearly $46,000 a year. Under the demonstration program, HHS said, the drug will cost about $5,298 for most beneficiaries, a savings of 88%. Low income patients may be charged only $638, while those closest to the federal poverty level will pay as little as $60.

More than a dozen non-cancer drugs will also be discounted under the program for 25,000 other beneficiaries with serious diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and hepatitis C.

Apply Early for Quickest Benefits

To qualify for the program, a patient must have Medicare Part A and B, have Medicare as their primary insurer, and not have drug coverage through another plan. Only people in the 50 US states and the District of Columbia may apply.

Patients can begin applying for benefits on July 6. They must submit the official application form, and a certification from their doctor confirming their need for a specific drug. Recipients will be selected at random.

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2004. People who get their applications in by August 16, however, will be part of an early selection process that could get them coverage sooner -- by September 1.

The people chosen to receive the drug benefit will be notified in writing and will receive a special drug discount card (a different card than those already available to all beneficiaries for other drug purchases) that can be used at some local pharmacies or through a mail order service.

The demonstration program will run through December 31, 2005; after that date, all Medicare beneficiaries will be eligible to enroll in the drug coverage plan.

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