graphicPrescription Assistance Programs

Prescription drugs are extremely expensive, especially in this country, where prices are higher than most of the rest of the world. Those without very good health insurance can find the cost of medications to be overwhelming, especially for chronic conditions like RSD. Fortunately, there is an ever-increasing number of foundations, government-funded plans, and especially drug company-funded programs that can bring down the cost of prescription medicines drastically, often with the patient paying nothing.

Here is a selection of programs that seem to be getting it right
Site (& link)
Brief Description
Access To Wellness "describes and provides contact information on available programs based on your individual circumstances and features a unique Eligibility Tool that can quickly and easily determine which assistance program is the best potential match for you."
Assistance Fund An Rx fund that helps people to pay for prescriptions. The two founders say "“We strive every day to achieve a world where no child or adult goes without medication due to an inability to pay,” Jeff states, “And the work we do at The Assistance Fund helps Edward and I honor the patient who inspired it all.”
Benefits Checkup BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs.
Co-Payment Programs A large listing of the programs designed to help low-income people pay the co-payments on their prescription insurance plans.
COPAYS.ORG | Patient Advocate Foundation
Co-Pay Relief
"currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who are financially and medically qualified for pharmaceutical treatments and/or prescription medication co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles relative to your diagnosis."
Free Medicine Program "Our mission at the Free Medicine Program is helping patients in obtaining prescription drugs and medications absolutely Free of charge."
GSK For You "Our patient assistance programs provide prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured patients free or at very low cost. GSK operates several programs."
LifeSource Direct Although a life insurance co., this site has an Rx discount card that's free and can save you loads of cash.
Managing Pain "You will find links to more than 35 important health associations and organizations that can provide additional information on pain as it relates to specific conditions and disease states, as well as links to sites and organizations devoted to substance abuse."
Merck Programs to Help Those in Need "provides its medicines and adult vaccines for free to people who do not have prescription drug or health insurance coverage and who, without our assistance, cannot afford their Merck medicine and vaccines."
NeedyMeds "The mission of NeedyMeds is to make information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost."
Patient Assistance
Programs - RxHope
"we are a highly professional team of caring and concerned people dedicated to making the patient assistance process as easy and comfortable as possible for the patient, the healthcare provider and the pharmaceutical company."
Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Programs "Free or low-cost medications provided by pharmaceutical companies"; includes a table of all active pharmas along with contact info for their patient assistance programs.
Patient Safety Advocates for Health Care Issues: Empowered Patient Coalition "a consumer and advocate-led effort to inform, engage and empower the public to assume a greater role in their own medical treatment and in becoming a driving force for meaningful health care reform. Our goal is to partner with individuals, other advocates and consumer organizations to give the public a stronger voice in all health decisions."
Partnership for
Prescription Assistance
"Our mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. We offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies."
Pfizer Helpful Answers "Pfizer Helpful Answers is a family of assistance programs for people who have no insurance, or who do not have enough insurance and need help getting their Pfizer medicines."
Prescription Assistance 360 "With Ongoing Assistance, Protect Your Health, Get the Prescriptions You Need and Avoid High Prices."
Prescription Assistance Programs "Prescription assistance programs (PAPs) are available across the country. They work by subsidizing the cost of prescription drugs through government or not-for-profit advocacy programs, or as public relations tools representing for-profit pharmaceutical companies."
PSCard "PS Card helps you afford the drugs that you or your family members need to stay healthy and get well. Our goal is simple: no one should ever pay full retail price for their prescription drugs. The PS Card is free, and provides discount savings of up to 50% off of full retail prices."
Rx Access This year, pharmaceutical companies – Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers and many more – will give away BILLIONS of dollars in discount & free prescription drugs through their various Patient Assistance Programs.
RxAssist "RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need."
RxHelp4U "Our focus has been on the healthcare industry with experience in bringing healthcare solutions to those in need. We are an industry leader in working with medical insurance carriers, hospitals, physician offices and clinics, employers, and other community leaders to make healthcare affordable to all."
RxHope "RxHope is exactly what its name implies...a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help."
Rx Outreach "Our focus is on supporting low-income individuals and families who cannot afford the medicine they need to sustain or improve their quality of life. We offer over 400 different medications through our mail-order pharmacy."
SCBN Prescription Advocacy "The SCBN Prescription Advocacy is a movement started by an experienced team of Patient Advocates. We have witnessed the suffering of America's Uninsured first hand and have devoted our lives to assisting those in need to find prescription assistance."
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs "State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (includes subsidies and discounts for seniors, disabled, uninsured and others)"