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Low-Cost Ways to Protect Your Bones

Exercise, vitamin D and calcium, and proper testing help those at risk for osteoporosis -- and won't break the bank.

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If you already have osteoporosis, insurers generally cover prescribed medications such as bisphosphonates, although the monthly co-payments for a drug you will take for years can add up.

If these payments become a serious burden, or if you're uninsured, don't risk your bone health by dropping your medications -- explore these options:

  • NeedyMeds (www.needymeds.com) is one of the best sources of information on the many drug assistance programs offered by states, localities, and pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves.
  • AARP Bulletin online has a state-by-state, plan-by-plan guide to pharmacy assistance programs at http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/prescription/Articles/statebystate.html.
  • Seniors Inc. (http://www.seniorsinc.org/medication.htm, or (303) 300-6945) and the Medicine Program (www.themedicineprogram.com) are both free services that help people enroll in medication assistance programs.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance (www.pparx.org), a web site run by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and patient advocacy groups that offers access to public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

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