It should come as no surprise that the way the pharmaceutical industry chooses to give back through their corporate responsibility programs is by offering free prescriptions to those that badly need them who simply cannot afford to buy their lifesaving drugs. But it may surprise you that the overall amounts these companies offer through prescription assistance or charitable drug programs total well over $200 million in public assistance funding each and every year. And while these programs are intended to help the less fortunate or low-income members of our society, the actual income levels allowed by participants is fairly high, much higher in fact than government-run benefits programs targeted to assist the same individuals and families. If you are struggling to afford the prescriptions you need for your medical condition, you should definitely look into these grants for prescriptions offered by drug makers.
In most cases you will be required to submit documentation of your income to participate in a medication assistance program. You may also be required to provide information about your assets and investments. Even if your salary is considered low-income but you have a high net worth, this may disqualify you from participating in one of these programs. Also, you should never be asked to pay a fee to enroll in any patient assistance program. Be aware that there are many scams and disreputable companies lurking online that claim to enroll you in these types of programs. For this reason, you should contact the company that manufactures the medication you need directly or use a well-known pharmaceutical industry website should you require help with multiple medications from more than one company. Here are a few places to turn to get the process started if you feel you might be eligible to receive help with free prescriptions.
This non-profit organization was founded in 1997 by a doctor from Maine and a social worker in Mississippi when the two realized just how hard it was for patients that needed to find help with medications they so desperately needed. Ever since, this organization has strived to provide accurate and reliable information on patient assistance programs and helps those that need them find and apply for help. The organization survives off of private donations and never charges a fee to any patient looking for information on how to apply to pharmaceutical programs.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
PPA was founded in 2005 and is a partnership of many of the largest pharmaceutical companies. Through the PPA, over 8 million people have successfully enrolled in patient assistance programs through the organization. The program provides information and assists with enrollment into almost 500 public and private programs including almost 200 offered by drug companies. They even maintain a toll-free help line where you can speak to a representative who can help you find what you are looking for and help you apply. Simply visit their website or call 1-888-477-2669 to reach their call center. Operators are available who speak English, Spanish and around 150 other languages.
This is affiliated with Brown University and the non-profit Volunteers in Health Care. It can not only help you find free and low-cost medication programs but also helps low-income patients locate similar medical services offered by doctors and clinics. RX Assist was founded in 1999 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is part of and operated from Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. If you have any further questions about RX Assist, visit their website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.