If you need help to pay for your prescription medications, you may be eligible for patient assistance programs. The following organizations provide programs that directly reduce the cost of prescription drugs or can assist you in finding programs for which you are eligible.
Needy Meds is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people who cannot afford medicine.
|Program||Needy Meds has a patient assistance program database for patients to search for medications they are taking or need: http://www.needymeds.org/program_list.taf.
The Needy Meds Drug Discount Card provides savings on prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications. For more information, visit the following website: http://www.needymeds.org/drugcard/index.htm.
|Eligibility||For the Needy Meds Drug Discount Card, there are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process to use the card. Eligibility varies by program.|
|Contact Information||Needy Meds
P.O. Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage to access the medicines they need.
|Program||The Partnership for Prescription Assistance has an online prescription assistance program finder: http://www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/list_of_participating_programs.|
|Eligibility||Eligibility depends on the patient assistance program.
|Contact Information||Partnership for Prescription Assistance
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Many states offer subsidies to provide pharmaceutical coverage or a discount program for prescriptions to eligible individuals.
|Program||For information on what programs are provided in each state, visit: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/state-pharmaceutical-assistance-programs.aspx.|
|Eligibility||Eligibility requirements vary from state to state. For more details, visit: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/state-pharmaceutical-assistance-programs.aspx.|
|Contact Information||Contact information varies by state.
For more details, visit: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/state-pharmaceutical-assistance-programs.aspx.
Together Rx Access
Together Rx Access assists eligible patients with obtaining discounted prescriptions.
|Program||The Together Rx Access Card provides savings on prescriptions to eligible patients in the US and Puerto Rico. For a list of medications covered, visit: http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/druglist.jsp.|
|Eligibility||Eligibility requirements can be found on the website: http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/about_eligibility.jsp.
|Contact Information||Together Rx Access
PO Box 9426 Wilmington, DE 19809-9944
Additional organizations include:
- RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs, as well as news and practical tools. Visit them on the Web at http://rxassist.org
- RxOutreach is a mail order pharmacy for people with little to no health insurance coverage. Visit them on the Web at http://www.rxoutreach.org
- Patient Access Network You +1′d this publicly. Undois a non-profit organization that provides assistance to under-insured people for their out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications. Visit them on the Web at www.panfoundation.org
- Chronic Disease Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that helps people with chronic disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-savings medications they need. Visit them on the Web at http://www.cdfund.org
There are also pharmaceutical company sponsored prescription assistance programs for specific drugs used to treat HE.
- Salix Pharmaceuticals, makers of rifaximin (Xifaxan®), has a program that offers a variety of resources to help you with cost and insurance support regardless of whether or not you have prescription coverage. Find out about the Xifaxan 550 mg Access Helpline, Instant Savings Card, and Patient Assistance Program. Contact them at 1-866-282-6563 or visit them on the Web at http://www.xifaxan550.com
To apply for drug assistance programs you will likely be asked for the following information, so it’s helpful to have it handy before contacting these organizations:
- State of residence and zip code
- Estimated gross annual household income
- Number of people living in the household
- Brand name of the prescription medicines you have been prescribed
- Type of health insurance and/or prescription coverage, if any
- Name and contact information of your doctor who prescribed the medication
All information discussed with people staffing patient assistance help lines is strictly confidential.