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Old 04-25-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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Re: Cost of HGH injections...

Sure, my son is on Nutropin .3 mg daily. We have Blue Cross Blue Shield/Medco for pharmacy (and Medicare and Medicaid) and we pay a $50 copay every 3 months. The Medicare and Medicaid don't pay anything for the HGH though because the pharmacy won't take secondary insurance. We also got a card from Nutropin that pays up to $50 a month on copays for Nutropin. So we don't end up paying anything. When we had Aetna/Medco we still paid the $50 every 3 months or 30 for a one month supply. Thank God for insurance though because from what I understand it is crazy expensive.
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Thank you so much for responding! We were doing some internet research, and it was saying that it was upwards of $500 - $10000 a month, and that insurance doesn't cover it. I do know that ours will as prescribed for medical reasons, but not just because of short stature. We had our endocrinologist appointment today, and they think it is more of a nutritional deficiency that he HAD and is now rebounding. He has gained some weight, now we just have to wait for him to grow. I hate it waiting...he is 35 inches tall, and almost 4. Kids his age don't want to play with him because they think he is a baby. I just feel sad for him.We get the blood results back in a week...but I will be calling them on Friday.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:53 PM   #4
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My 6.5 year old is barely 42 inches tall. Mama, . I know how hard it is, but they really learn very quickly to take up for themselves and make friends. There are a lot of scary side effects for HGH, and more that are still unknown because it is fairly new. There are many situations, I know, when HGH is necessary. Please, please seek second opinions before you settle on a decision.

If he doesn't end up having to take it, there are a lot of options for building confidence. Our son takes karate, plays sports, and is really a confident kid.
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Thank you so much for responding! We were doing some internet research, and it was saying that it was upwards of $500 - $10000 a month, and that insurance doesn't cover it. I do know that ours will as prescribed for medical reasons, but not just because of short stature. We had our endocrinologist appointment today, and they think it is more of a nutritional deficiency that he HAD and is now rebounding. He has gained some weight, now we just have to wait for him to grow. I hate it waiting...he is 35 inches tall, and almost 4. Kids his age don't want to play with him because they think he is a baby. I just feel sad for him.We get the blood results back in a week...but I will be calling them on Friday.

I haven't had a problem with getting the insurance to pay for it. It does require a prior authorization though. And sometimes it can be rather lengthy, time wise. In fact, your dr can contact Nutropin and they have specialists to work with the insurance. My son had no problems being approved for it but it could be because he is in renal failure and just about all children in renal failure are on HGH.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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My 6.5 year old is barely 42 inches tall. Mama, . I know how hard it is, but they really learn very quickly to take up for themselves and make friends. There are a lot of scary side effects for HGH, and more that are still unknown because it is fairly new. There are many situations, I know, when HGH is necessary. Please, please seek second opinions before you settle on a decision.

If he doesn't end up having to take it, there are a lot of options for building confidence. Our son takes karate, plays sports, and is really a confident kid.
Trust me, we won't put him on HGH just because he is short. If there is a cause for it, say he is deficient, then yes, we will give them to him. I did 18 months of research before even taking him to the endocrinologist...we were told in September '06 to take him...his first ever visit was just Monday.

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