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.

Blink Health

Offers discounted prices for many medications.


Offers discounted prices for many medications and provides information on available assistance programs.



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

Inside Rx

Offers discounted prices for many medications.

Needy Meds has information on pharmaceutical and healthcare assistance programs.

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.

Rx Assist

RxAssist provides a comprehensive database of pharmaceutical assistance programs.

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.


Offers discounted prices for many medications.

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 or 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


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

Bayer Corporation

Precose (acarbose)
Bayer HealthCare Patient Assistance Program
P.O. Box 29061
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9209

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

BD Insulin Syringe Assist Program
1 Becton Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 220769
Charlotte, NC 28222-0769

Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly Diabetes Solutions Center

Humulin (insulin)
The Lilly Cares Foundation, Inc.


GSK for you
GSK Access
Bridges to Access

Medtronic Mini-Med

Insulin pumps
Pump supplies
Financial Assistance Program
1-800-MINI-MED (1-800-646-4633)

Merck and Co., Inc.

The Merck Patient Assistance Program
One Merck Drive
P.O. Box 100
White House Station, NJ 08889-0100


Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.

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


Glucotrol (glipizide)
Glucotrol XL (glipizide – extended release)
Connection to Care
Pfizer Friends
Pfizer Helpful Answers

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)

Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Patient Assistance Connection
P.O. Box 222138
Charlotte, NC 28222-2138

Insulins Valyou Savings Program

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America

Help at Hand
P.O. Box 5727
Louisville, KY 40255-0727

  • Last Reviewed: April 24, 2018
  • Last Edited: January 25, 2019

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