A breast cancer patient was taking the prescription Femara for her ongoing therapy. But when her husband’s company stopped offering employees insurance coverage she did not know how she could afford the expensive drug for the next two years needed to complete her therapy.


The brand-name medication would cost the patient $500 per month. She had been receiving prescription assistance, but that ended when a generic version came on the market. The generic version is still very expensive and would cost the patient $300 a month, which she still could not afford.

Her Walgreens Pharmacy put her in touch with Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission’s United Community Rx Program. Through this prescription program, the breast cancer survivor was able to get a 90-day supply of the generic medication for $30 per month and can continue to reorder her medication at that price for the remaining two years of her therapy.

For more information about Community Action programs in your area, visit www.oacaa.org. Note, not all Community Action Agencies offer prescription programs.

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