Prescription Assistance

General tips for people currently facing high costs:

  • If the cost of your medication is a barrier for you, talk to your healthcare team about your concerns, and see what options might be available to you.
  • Review your insurance plan’s drug formulary to understand coverage of your prescriptions and cost variation by tier, by pharmacy, and pharmacy type (mail order or retail). Depending on your health care plan, generic medications and biosimilar insulins may be less expensive than the original formulation.
  • If you use insulin: use of older human insulins may be a practical option for some people who use costly newer insulin analogues. In addition, insulin vials can be less costly than pens.
  • Align prescription needs: talk to your doctor to ensure that your prescription reflects your medication usage each month to avoid multiple monthly copays.

Discount Programs and Databases

Below is a list of drug discount programs and databases. If you have health insurance, please be sure to ask whether and how the discount program will interact with your insurance.

Benefits Check Up

BenefitsCheckUp is a service of the National Council on Aging that has information on benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. Seniors can search for programs that help them pay for prescription drugs as well as health care, rent, utilities and other needs.

benefitscheckup.org

Blink Health

Offers discounted prices for many medications.
blinkhealth.com/

FamilyWize

Offers discounted prices for many medications.
https://familywize.org/

GoodRx

Provides a searchable database of current prices and discounts for medications.
goodrx.com/

Inside Rx

Offers discounted prices for many medications.
insiderx.com/

Needy Meds

NeedyMeds.org has information on pharmaceutical and healthcare assistance programs.
needymeds.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
pparx.org/

Rx Assist

RxAssist provides a comprehensive database of pharmaceutical assistance programs.
rxassist.org

Rx Hope

RxHope is a web-based resource that acts as a facilitator in helping people get their medications for free or for a small co-payment.
rxhope.com

Local Community Health Clinics and Pharmacies

If you or your loved one is unable to see a physician due to the cost of care, or is unable to afford medications there may be a local community health clinic or pharmacy in your area. These clinics generally are free to patients or require a very small fee. Visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ or http://www.nafcclinics.org/find-clinic to find a clinic or pharmacy in your area.

Patient Assistance Programs

Most pharmaceutical companies offer financial assistance programs to persons who have trouble affording their medications and supplies.

Each program has specific criteria that must be satisfied in order for an individual to be considered eligible for a financial assistance program.

Contact Information for Pharmaceutical Companies

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie Patient Assistance Foundation
1-800-222-6885
abbviepaf.org

AstraZeneca

AZ & Me Prescription Savings Programs
P.O. Box 15197
Wilmington, DE 19850-5197
1-800-AZandMe (1-800-292-6363)
astrazeneca-us.com

Bayer Corporation

Precose (acarbose)
Bayer HealthCare Patient Assistance Program
P.O. Box 29061
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9209
1-866-575-5002
bayerpharma.com

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

BD Insulin Syringe Assist Program
1 Becton Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
1-866-818-6906
bd.com

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 220769
Charlotte, NC 28222-0769
1-800-736-0003
bmspaf.org

Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly Diabetes Solutions Center
1-833-808-1234
https://www.lilly.com/diabetessolutioncenter

Humulin (insulin)
The Lilly Cares Foundation, Inc.
1-800-545-6962
lillycares.com

GlaxoSmithKline

GSK for you
GSK Access
1-866-518-HELP
Bridges to Access
1-866-728-4368
gskforyou.com/

Medtronic Mini-Med

Insulin pumps
Pump supplies
Financial Assistance Program
1-800-MINI-MED (1-800-646-4633)
medtronicdiabetes.com/support/ordering/billing

Merck and Co., Inc.

The Merck Patient Assistance Program
One Merck Drive
P.O. Box 100
White House Station, NJ 08889-0100
1-800-727-5400
merck.com

Novartis

Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.
1-800-277-2254
1-800-245-5356
patientassistancenow.com

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection 100 U/mL, 200 U/mL)
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)
NovoLog® (insulin aspart injection)
NovoLog® Mix 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin])
Novolin® (human insulin [rDNA origin] injection)
GlucaGen® HypoKit® (glucagon [rDNA origin] for injection)
Victoza® (liraglutide injection 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg)
PO Box 370
Somerville, NJ 08876
1-866-310-7549
ada.cornerstones4care.com

Pfizer

Glucotrol (glipizide)
Glucotrol XL (glipizide – extended release)
Connection to Care
Pfizer Friends
Pfizer Helpful Answers
1-800-707-8990
phahelps.com

Roche Laboratories, Inc.

Genentech (part of Roche group)
Genentech Access Solutions
1 DNA Way
Mail Stop #858a
South San Francisco, CA 94080-4990
1-866-4ACCESS (1-866-422-2377)
genentech-access.com

Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Patient Assistance Connection
P.O. Box 222138
Charlotte, NC 28222-2138
1-888-847-4877
http://www.sanofipatientconnection.com/

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America

Help at Hand
P.O. Box 5727
Louisville, KY 40255-0727
1-800-830-9159
takeda.us

  • Last Reviewed: April 24, 2018
  • Last Edited: August 29, 2018

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