pharmaceutical companies provide prescription medicines free
of charge to individuals who cannot otherwise afford them. Arrangements
are generally made through the individual's physician. In addition,
many states have prescription assistance programs which may be
age- or income-based. The
following guides should be useful:
by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA),
this guide lists company programs that provide drugs to physicians
whose patients could not otherwise afford them. The programs
are listed alphabetically by company. Under the entry for each
program is information about how to make a request for assistance,
what prescription medicines are covered, and basic eligibility
criteria. The directory can be access from this page in html
or pdf format.
page of Edmund M. Hayes, a pharmacist at University Medical Center,
State University of New York at Stony Brook, includes this handy
chart listing companies, program names, products covered, and
assists people who may qualify to enroll in one or more patient
assistance program by preparing and processing all the needed
paperwork. This seems to be a very useful service for folks who
can't or don't wish to handle this themselves. There is a charge
of $5 per drug.
site by Rich Sagall, M.D. includes an alphabetical list of some
1,000 drugs. You can go to the "Drug List" and click
on the drug that interests you for information about available
assistance programs. Or, you can go to the "Company List"
for a list of all the companies in the Needy Meds system, and
click on the company that interests you for more information.
database of prescription drug assistance programs, Medicare managed
care plans, and Medigap plans that offer prescription drug coverage.
The database can be searched by geographic area, manufacturers,
and conditions or diseases. Presents a good rundown of the variety
of resources that may be available to meet your specific needs.
website features an easy-to-use guide to low or no cost government
funded prescription programs. Just click on your state for basic
program information, including eligibility criteria, web links,
and phone numbers.