Some of the medications used to treat myasthenia gravis symptoms can be very expensive and, in some cases, health insurance may not cover the cost of these drugs. Through our Prescription Drug Program, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of California offers patients the opportunity to purchase life-saving myasthenia gravis medications at the lowest possible cost. Since grant funds are received to subsidize the Prescription Drug Program, this service is restricted to myasthenics residing in California and Nevada when funds are available.
The Prescription Drug Program operates as a mail order service through Haig Pharmacy in Glendale, CA. Since medications are shipped just once per week, it is suggested that patients keep an ample supply (3-4 weeks) of myasthenia gravis medications on hand.
Many drug companies offer prescription assistance programs to help patients pay for their medications. Some of those are listed below.
Novartis Patient Assistant Program
Novartis offers medications to people who meet certain income requirements. Novartis manufactures Sandimmune® (cyclosporine) and Neoral® (cyclosporine). A medical professional must call this program to request the application. The patient and the patient's doctor must sign the application form.
Roche Pharmaceuticals operates the CellCept® Medical Needs Program. A doctor must request and complete the application on behalf of the patient.
Valeant Patient Assistance Program
Patients can receive certain medications manufactured by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, International, including Mestinon® Timespan (time release pyridostigmine), Mestinon® Syrup (pyridostigmine syrup) and Prostigmin® (neostigmine) if they do not qualify for Medicaid or other programs. 60mg Mestinon is not included as part of this program.
Contact Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of California at: (800) 574-7884 or (323) 887-0056.