Free Medicine? Where Do I Sign?
Even with medical insurance the cost of medication can be incredibly expensive. If you do not have medical insurance then getting prescriptions is near impossible. Depending on the ailments a person has it is possible that they can be taking more than one type of medication daily. This can add up quickly making monthly medical bills for prescriptions skyrocket but there is help out there. There are programs to help get assistance with medication anywhere from reduced costs or even free medications. These programs are created and provided by the Pharmaceutical Companies. If you are on medication now and are having problems affording the medication it is worth looking into to see what type of financial help you can get. Almost every Pharmaceutical company has some type of patient assistance program, however not every medication is necessarily covered. There are a few things to know about when looking into Pharmaceutical patient assistance programs:
- Patients Must Meet Financial Criteria – Each Pharmaceutical patient assistance program and the criteria for assistance is different. So you have to figure out which Pharmaceutical company provides your medication and see what the financial criteria is for that particular program.
- Patients Must Meet Other Criteria – In addition to financial criteria there are also other criteria; for example what type of medical insurance you currently have. Make sure that you understand all the criteria that is necessary for the assistance.
- Medication Must Be Specified - Not every type of medication is included in the program so you must check and make sure that the medication you are taking is included. If your medicine is not listed it is still a good idea to double check with the company.
- Must Have Advocate – Most programs want you to have a medical advocate. This can be anyone from your doctor’s office. Some medical clinics have a specified person who is an advocate such as a nurse or another member of the medical staff.
- Must Follow Rules of Program – To get into and stay in the program you must follow the rules. Not following the rules can end the program. So be sure to provide any and all the information that the company asks for.
There are a few simple steps to take to see if you qualify for these programs. The simplest and most direct approach is asking your doctor, pharmacist or medical advocate about the medicine that you are currently taking to see if it is on the list of medicines that are in the Pharmaceuticals program. You can also view the website of the Pharmaceutical Company of the medicine that you take or check out the sites of patient assistant programs that list different companies and the medicines that are on the program. Do the research, you may just find that you are able to get your medicines for free.
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Patient Assistant Programs
- Patient Assistance Programs - Prescription Drugs for the Uninsured
Are you looking for help with your prescription drug costs? Browse through over 1,000 patient assistance programs designed to help those in need
- RxAssist - Patient Center
The 10 Ten Pharmaceutical Companies and Their Patient Assistance Programs
- Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance and Prescription Medication Programs - access2wellness.com
Access2wellness helps those without health insurance by providing access to a broad selection of assistance programs offering more than 1,000 prescription medications, for free or at a discount, to those who qualify.
- Information on Bridges to Access - a GlaxoSmithKline Patient Assistance Program at GSKForYou.com
Bridges to Access is GSK's prescription assistance program for non-cancer medicines. Learn more about this program at GSKForYou.com.
- Merck Patient Assistance Program
- Bristol-Myers Squibb | Patient Assistance Foundation
- Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program
The Patient Assistance Program is designed to help qualified patients gain access to Procter & Gamble prescription medications free of charge. Through this program, qualified patients can receive a 90-day supply of their prescription and up to 3
- Wyeth Patient Assistance Programs Wyeth.com
Wyeth patient assistance programs provide medication for those without insurance coverage.
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