Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines, but there are government-based and private assistance programs available.
Discount Prescription Programs
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them - free of charge. Many patients will get their medications at no cost or at discounted prices. To learn more visit their website.
The RxCut® Plus program provides you FREE access to savings of up to 87% on your prescription medications. Anyone with or without insurance coverage can take the RxCut Plus card to a participating pharmacy and receive immediate savings on their medication. Visit the website to find participating pharmacies in your area, download special coupons and offers, and print your RxCut Plus savings card. There are no eligibility requirements for this program. It is open to everyone. Click here for more information.
FamilyWize Prescription Drug Saving Program - FamilyWize cards are being distributed free of charge nationwide by participating United Ways, community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, businesses, and some pharmacies. This card can save you and your family an average of up to 30% or more on 8 out of 10 prescriptions. Participants may use the card as often as needed, for any prescription, for every family member. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required. Click here to see the discounted price of medications, a list of participating pharmacies and to download your FamilyWize card today.
Together Rx Access® Card - Thousands of eligible hardworking people with no prescription drug coverage are now saving on the medicines they need with the Together Rx Access® Card. To be eligible for this program you cannot be a Medicare card holder nor have any other prescription drug coverage of any kind and you must meet income eligibility requirements. Learn more about this program and see income eligibility guidelines, access a list of medications covered, find a participating pharmacy in your area and sign up for your card here.
Retail-Specific Prescription Savings Program
Walmart Pharmacies provide many prescriptions for $4.00. For a complete list of medications, click here.
Pharmaceutical Companies Provide Assistance
A number of pharmaceutical companies are trying to help ease the burden of prescription medications as well. The following programs were designed with income eligibility requirements and are only for those without prescription insurance coverage. All say they are willing to make allowances for people who are facing medical or financial hardships. You must be taking a medication produced by the pharmaceutical company in order to be considered for assistance. You can see if you qualify for assistance by contacting them directly or visiting their web sites for more information.
Pfizer: Call 866.706.2400 or visit Phizer RxPathways
Merck: Call 800.727.5400 or visit Merck Helps
Discarding Unused and Expired Medications
American Medicine Chest: It is essential to responsibly discard unused medications before they get into the wrong hands or pollute the environment. The American Medicine Chest Challenge, a community based public health initiative, provides a unified national, statewide, and local focus to the issue of medicine abuse by children and teens. It is designed to generate unprecedented media attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse and to challenge all Americans to take the 5 Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:
- Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
- Secure your medicine chest.
- Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
- Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
To learn more, call 877.919.AMCC (2622) or visit their website.