For consumers who have difficulty affording their medications, there are medication assistance programs that are provided by the individual manufacturers of the different medications. These are called by a number of different names including “Patient Assistance Programs” and “Indigent Patient Programs”. These programs provide medications at a very reduced price.

In most cases, you will have to verify your income, as they are income sensitive. They also require the help of your Doctors office in filling out.

In the meantime, inform your physician you are doing this, and ask for samples. Tell him you want to continue taking your medications, and are trying all steps to be able to do so.

The most direct route is to determine who the manufacturer is of your medication is. Your pharmacist can provide you with this information. Then, contact that manufacturer directly. You can contact them through their website, and often find the forms on their site, via their toll-free number (Which the pharmacist can also give you), and ask for their patient medication assistance program.

Another great resource is PhRMA, an alliance of Drug Manufacturers. Once you know the manufacturer of the medication, you can wisit the PhRMA website and look up their available programs by manufacturer. You can also call PhRMA toll-free at 1-800-762-4636.

PhRMA also has the website “helpingpatients” at which is essentially an eligibility calculator that assists you in determining your eligibility for various programs, and saves the steps of having to know the manufacturer. All you need to provide is:

  • Your age
  • Your state
  • Your household income
  • Number of people in the house
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have insurance
  • If your Insurance covers the medication you are looking for help with
  • The medication name

And you run the eligibility calculator separately for each medication. It will then tell you if it appears you are eligible for a patient assistance program from the manufacturer.

Good luck and Good hunting!