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.
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
- 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
- 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.