PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
What is a Patient Assistance Program?
Patient assistance programs are offered by some drug manufacturers to provide certain medications at a discount or for free to people who cannot afford them. All major drug companies have patient assistance programs.
How do I know if I am eligible?
Eligibility requirements are set by individual drug companies. Patient assistance programs help people of all ages, including children and some programs provide help for people receiving Medicare.
In most cases, you can receive help from a patient assistance program if:
- you do not have prescription drug insurance that covers the medicines you need
- you are a U.S. resident or citizen
- you meet the income limits set by the drug company for the medicine you need
What support will I get?
If you qualify for a patient assistance program, it may provide:
- Prescription medicine free of charge or at low cost.
- Medicine sent to your home, your doctor's office, or your pharmacy, depending on the program.
- You can usually get refills for up to a year before reapplying.
How do I apply?
To apply for a patient assistance program you will need to send an application to the company that makes the prescription drug that you need. If you need several drugs made by different manufacturers, you must apply to each drug company separately. Most applications have a section for you to fill out and a section for your doctor to fill out. You must also include proof of income. Most programs require you to reapply each year.
How can I get more help?
Several nonprofit organizations can help you find and apply for patient assistance programs. On these web sites, you can:
- check if the prescription drugs you need are available from patient assistance programs
- identify the drug manufacturers
- review your eligibility
- print applications and instructions
Nonprofit organizations who can provide general help understanding and accessing patient assistance programs include:
NeedyMeds.org is a private nonprofit web site that lets you search for patient assistance programs by drug name. For each drug on the list, NeedyMeds.org gives the program name, phone number, application link, eligibility guidelines, application requirements, and program details. For information go to: http://www.needymeds.org/
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is a joint effort of American drug companies, medical organizations, and government agencies to inform patients about patient assistance programs. The PPA offers a toll-free helpline as well as an online application wizard and program information. The toll-free helpline is 1-888-477-2669 or look up www.pparx.org.
This is a free resource designed to help connect patients who cannot afford their prescription medications with patient assistance programs. For information go to: http://patientassitance.com/
This is a website with information, news, and a database that are all designed to help you find out about ways to get affordable, or free medications. The database includes information on the pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs, or programs that provide free medication to low-income patients. RxAssist was created by Volunteers in Health Care, a national, nonprofit resource center for health care programs working with the uninsured. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listing of Patient Assistance Programs
Abbott Patient Assistance
www.Depakote.com or www.abbviepaf.org
Medications covered: Depakote and Depakote ER
Cephalon Cares Foundation Patient Assistance Program
Medication covered: Gabitril
Eisai Primary Care Assistance Program
(866) 694-2550 or (855)-347-2448
Medication covered: Banzel
GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access
Medications covered: Lamictal, Lamictal XR and Potiga
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Medication covered: Topamax
Lundbeck Onﬁ Support Center
Medication covered: Onﬁ
Lundbeck’s SHARE Call Center
Medication covered: Sabril
Meda Patient Assistance Program
Medication covered: Felbatol
Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation
Medications covered: Tegretol, Tegretol XR and Trileptal
www.dilantin.com or www.pﬁzer.com
Medication covered: $4 co-pay card Dilantin-extended phenytoin sodium caps
Pﬁzer Helpful Answers
Medications covered: Celontin, Dilantin, Lyrica, Neurontin, Zarontin
Questcor Pharmaceucals Acthar Support & Access Program (ASAP)
Medication covered: Acthar Gel (ACTH)
Recorda Rare Diseases
Medication covered: Peganone
Shire Cares Patient Assistance/Support
Medication covered: Carbatrol
UCB Patient Assistance Program
Medications covered: Vimpat
Valeant Patient Assistance Program
(800) 511-2120 or (866) 268-7325
Medications covered: Diastat AccuDial, Mysoline
Vagal Nerve Stimulation - VNS Therapy Access