Prescription Assistance Programs
There are several specialized programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, business associations and non-profit organizations to assist low-income or needy individuals in obtaining necessary prescription medications free or at a substantially reduced cost.
Twelve pharmaceutical companies have donated over 170 name-brand medications to be dispensed to working, uninsured SC residents under the age of 65 with an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Eligibility is for one year. There is never a charge for the medication. An application may be obtained online or by mail at: Welvista, 2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 105, Columbia, SC 29204.
This program can offer savings of 25-40% on over 300 brand-name prescriptions. Must meet specific income levels and have no prescription drug coverage. Must also be a legal resident of the US or Puerto Rico and not be eligible for Medicare.
Pharmaceutical company program offering several options for free or reduced cost prescriptions of Pfizer products through doctors and community health centers for low-income patients. Must be an uninsured American who can meet set income limits or lost a job since 1/1/09 and currently on a Pfizer drug for 3 months or more.
This organization is a centralized source of information on many prescription assistance programs and their qualification requirements.
The website, www.needymeds.org has information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, diagnosis-based assistance programs, free/low cost clinics, camps & scholarships offered on a specific diagnosis, state programs and more. NeedyMeds also runs a free drug discount card that can save people up to 80% off the cost of medications.In addition to our website we have a toll free helpline with both english and spanish speakers the number is (800) 503 6897.
Provides eligible Medicare Part D recipients access to affordable medications outside their Part D plan. Patients eligible will receive their prescriptions through the mail. Must meet set income limits and not be eligible for Medicaid or Low-Income Subsidy through the Social Security Administration.
Various programs sponsored by GSK to help patients save money on prescriptions. Assistance is available for individuals of all ages who meet categorical requirements to include being diagnosed with cancer, enrolled in a Medicare Part D drug plan, or having no private or public drug coverage. Must be a US citizen and must meet set income limits.
Regardless of someone’s prescription insurance provider, several pharmacies to include Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Bi-Lo and Publix offer generic drugs for as little as $4 for a 1 month supply and $10 for a 3 month supply. Publix also offers several oral antibiotics for free with a valid prescription. Other pharmacies offer prescription assistance programs so ask your doctor to prescribe generic drugs whenever possible.