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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Rilutek


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Obtaining Rilutek [posted 1/14/99]
Question: My friend was diagnosed as having ALS. This retired old lady (73 years old) is a widow and has a pension of approximately $550.00 per month. Her physician has prescribed a medication called "Rilutek" (Rhone-Poulenc) two times a day. The cost of the medicine in Brazil is about $570 and she needs the medication in order to slow down the progress of the disease. She has a Medicare plan, but it doesn't cover the cost of medication. In Brazil there are no ALS centers sponsored by charitable organizations to help her with financial support. I would appreciate if you could verify the possibility for her to receive the medication either from Brazil or from abroad free of charge, or with a very special discount.

Answer: I would contact the company. In the US, there are indigent patient programs. Whether they exist in Brazil would be very company specific. Rhone-Poulenc: 610-454-8000.



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