Patient Medication Assistance Programs
There are several patient assistance programs (PAP) designed to help low-income people with limited or no prescription drug coverage. State and government programs offer discounts and subsidies, and most pharmaceutical manufacturers have patient assistance programs that provide free drugs to those who qualify. Therein lies the rub: a key qualifier is that drugs are only dispensed for medication if it is being used within the Federal Drug Administration’s approved indication (ie, “on label”).
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The PPA helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible, and offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.
To find out if you qualify for free or discounted drugs, call toll-free 888-477-2669 or visit the website, and click on the left hand box for patients. You will be asked to enter the medications you need and personal information (age, income, insurance coverage) to determine if you qualify.
Through the NORD Patient Assistance Program, eligible patients are provided with cost-free medications. For information about the programs listed on the website, use the contact information associated with that particular program or e-mail PatientAssistance@rarediseases.org.
This organization provides people 55 years and older with a report of public and private programs to help them save money on prescription drugs. It also can help you find help with rent, property taxes, heating bills, meals, and other needs. For more information on BenefitsCheckUp, visit the website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
RxHope is a free web-based service that helps prescribers and patient advocates apply, obtain, and track requests for no cost medication for patients who are unable to afford them and who have no access to prescription insurance or government-funded programs. They can help identify:
- Federal, state and charitable agencies that have patient assistance programs
- Ways to register on the Internet
- How to navigate the Drug Information Center, State and Federal Assistance Programs, Healthcare Links, and Pharmaceutical Company Links
P.O. Box 5836
Somerset, NJ 08875
Phone: (732) 507-7400 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm EST)
Fax: (732) 507-7600
Rx Outreach is managed by Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, Inc. (ESSDS), a fully-licensed mail order pharmacy that is committed to making the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable. Rx Outreach is not a prescription insurance program nor an Internet pharmacy.
Customer Service: (800) 769-3880 (Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm CST)
A pharmacy service for injured workers with open claims provides medications with no out-of-pocket costs.
Workers Comp Rx
Toll-free: 888.2COMPRX (888.226.6779)
Prescription Hope, Inc. is a full service advocacy organization that specializes in the access and utilization of patient assistance programs that are offered through well over 180 different pharmaceutical manufacturers. We assist individuals who need to take prescription medications, yet lack the income to afford the monthly expense. Since our founding in 2001 we have assisted thousands of uninsured and underinsured individuals throughout the United States in obtaining prescriptions directly from the manufacturer.
Watch Out for Scams!
MyFreeMedicine.com, LLC advertised on television and the radio that they could get free prescription medicine for “eligible” consumers. After paying $199.95 to enroll, people were directed to pharmaceutical-company-run programs. Consumers found they were not eligible for all the medications they need.
The Federal Trade Commission complained to the US District Court. The FTC has also published a consumer alert, No Need to Pay for Information on Free (or Low-Cost) Rx Drugs.
Many states have programs in place to subsidize the cost of pharmaceuticals or offer discounts for elders, low-income residents, and others.