For those in Central Georgia who struggle to pay for prescription drugs every month, Community Health Works is working to help. Working directly with pharmaceutical companies, CHW helps ease the burden of expensive drug costs and has assisted these individuals with obtaining millions of dollars in free or low-cost prescription drugs for the treatment of major chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. Local help with patient assistance program applications is available at the Macon Volunteer Clinic, Houston Volunteer Clinic, and First Choice Primary Care.
What are patient assistance programs?
Patient assistance programs (PAPs) are programs that are provided by pharmaceutical companies that offer free or low cost drugs to people who are unable to afford their medications. All of the major pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs, although every company has different eligibility and application requirements. Most brand name drugs are found in these programs. Companies offer these programs voluntarily; the government does not require them to provide free medicine.
Who can apply for assistance?
Each program has it's own rules. Usually an individual must (1) be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, (2) have no prescription insurance coverage, and (3) have an income between 100% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. Limited programs provide assistance to individuals with Medicare Part D coverage.
I have Medicare Part D. Do I qualify for these programs?
This will vary depending on the particular patient assistance program that carries your medication and that company's policy. In general, companies do not allow Part D enrollees who are eligible to receive the full low income subsidy (LIS or extra help) to apply for their programs. If you have Part D, it is a good idea to get a letter from Social Security indicating that you are not eligible for the low income subsidy. Please see chart below to determine which programs allow Medicare Part D beneficiaries to apply for assistance.
What if I have insurance but still need help getting my medications?
Are my medicine's covered?
Whether or not a particular medicine is available depends on the program of that medicine's manufacturer. A short list of commonly prescribed medicines along with the relevant prescription assistance program's contact information is reproduced at the bottom of the page for your convenience. If your medicine is not listed, you may search RxAssist's database by clicking below.
How do patient assistance programs work?
An individual gets an application for the drug company program that has the medicine the patient needs. After the form is filled out and submitted to the company, the drug company will decide whether the patient is eligible to receive the medication for free. If the patient is eligible, the medication may be sent to the patient's home, the physician's office or a local pharmacy depending on the program. Some, but not all, companies send letters letting patients and/or physicians know whether the patient has been approved for their patient assistance program.
Do I have to pay for an application?
No, there is no charge for the application or to have your application reviewed by the company offering the medication. If you need assistance qualifying for a program, gathering supporting information, or submitting your request to assistance programs, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance can also help you free of charge. They can be contacted toll-free at 1-888-4ppa-now (1-888-477-2669) or by clicking below.
Program Information for Commonly Prescribed Drugs
|Manufacturer||Program Name||Contact #|
|Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol)||GlaxoSmithKline||Bridges to Access||1-866-728-4368|
|Allegra(fexofendadine)||Sanofi-Aventis||Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program||1-800-221-4025|
|Cipro (ciproflaxin)||Schering Plough||SP Cares||1-800-656-9485|
|Coreg(carvedilol)||GlaxoSmithKline||Bridges to Access||1-866-728-4368|
|Coumadin(warfarin)||Bristol Myers Squibb||Bristol Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation||1-800-736-1611|
|Diovan(valsartan)||Novartis||Novartis Patient Assistance Program||1-800-277-2254|
|Duragesic CII Patch(Fentanyl Patch)||Johnson&Johnson||Patient Assistance Program||1-800-652-6227|
|Glucotrol(glipizide)||Pfizer||Connection to Care||1-800-707-8990|
|Lantus(insulin glargine)||Sanofi-Aventis||Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program||1-800-221-4025|
|Lipitor (atorvastatin)||Pfizer||Connection to Care||1-800-707-8990|
|Neurontin (gabapentin)||Pfizer||Connection to Care||1-800-707-8990|
|Nexavar(sorafenib)||Bayer Health Care||Nexavar REACH program||1-877-322-4448|
|Norvasc (amlodipine)||Pfizer||Connection to Care||1-800-707-8990|
|Noxafil(posaconazole)||Schering Plough||Commitment to Care for Oncology||1-800-521-7157|
|Plavix(clopidogrel)||Bristol Myers Squibb||Patient Assistance Foundation||1-800-736-1611|
|Singular(montelukast)||Merck||Patient Assistance Program||1-800-727-5400|
|Temodar (temozolomide)||Schering Plough||Commitment to Care||1-800-521-7157|
|Thalomid (thalidomide)||Celgene||Celgene Patient Support Services||1-888-423-5436|
|Toprol XL (metoprolol)||Astra Zeneca||AZ&Me||1-800-424-3727|
|Ultram (tramadol)||Johnson&Johnson||Patient Assistance Program||1-800-652-6227|
|Zithromycin(azithromycin)||Pfizer||Connection to Care||1-800-707-8990|
|Zovirax(acyclovir)||GlaxoSmithKline||Bridges to Access||1-866-728-4368|