Patient assistance programs are available from virtually every pharmaceutical company to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine and/or to assist with copayment or coinsurance. Some programs are for uninsured individuals, some are for the underinsured, some require that families meet certain Federal Poverty Levels (see the figure below), and some programs are for insured individuals that need copayment or coinsurance assistance.
“With Together Rx Access®, individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacies. They also connect patients with resources about access to coverage options and more:”
“Rx Assist – The Web’s most current and comprehensive directory of Patient Assistance Programs:”
“What is the Partnership for Prescription Assistance?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them.
Many will get their medications free or nearly free:”http://www.pparx.org/
Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) for Specialty Pharmacy Medications:
Copayment Relief – Cancer:
Biologics, Government, and Foundation Programs:
Full Circle of Care:
Patient Assistance Programs for Mental Health:
There are also “AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) that provides medications for the treatment of HIV disease. Program funds may also be used to purchase health insurance for eligible clients. Amendments to the Ryan White CARE Act in October 2000 added additional language allowing ADAP funds to be used to pay for services that enhance access, adherence, and monitoring of drug treatments. The program is funded through Title II of the CARE Act, which provides grants to States and Territories.”
Contact info for each state ADAP can be found at:http://www.thebody.com/content/art39391.html
Also, don’t forget about the $4 generic programs!!
Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Target, CVS, Kroger, etc. each have hundreds of low-cost generic drugs – many $4 for a 30–day supply and $10 for a 90–day supply.
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