What are patient assistance programs?
Patient assistance programs (PAPs) are programs set up by drug companies that offer free or low cost drugs to individuals who are unable to pay for their medication. These programs may also be called indigent drug programs, charitable drug programs or medication assistance programs. Most of the best known and most prescribed drugs can be found in these programs. All of the major drug companies have patient assistance programs, although every company has different eligibility and application requirements.
Most pharmaceutical companies run programs aimed to facilitate the accessibility to needed medications for patient who are in financial difficulties and are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. These programs have different requirements and require the physician to register the patient. Programs are evolving rapidly, so I enjoin you to consult the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) web site for an updated and complete Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs. You may call the company that makes the drug you need assistance on and inquire about the procedure necessary in your case.
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