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Assistance Programs

Sometimes, with just a little paperwork, patients who can't afford their medications can get certain drugs free for an entire year. People who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for free drugs through "patient assistance programs" run by pharmaceutical companies.

NeedyMeds is a non-profit, free website that let's you do the following:
  • Search for the drug that is needed - does the drug company have a "patient assistance" program?
  • Download and print the drug company's application forms.
EXAMPLES OF DRUGS WITH Patient Assistance programs:
  • Actos (pioglitazone) or Lantus (insulin glargine) for diabetes
  • Cozaar (losartan) for hypertension
  • Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke or heart disease


Rxassist is another great, free, and often used public website to look for assistance programs. You'll need to setup an account and password, but it's all free and pretty simple to use.
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