Medications: Patient Assistance Programs
By: Michael Appleman, CEO

Most name brand name pharmaceutical companies have Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs).
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Most of the companies do not publicize the programs they have. The PAPs offer free or low cost drugs to people who are low income individuals and families that do not have the insurance and/or funding needed to get the prescription medicines needed.

Most of the drug programs require that an individual applies through the doctor who is prescribing the medication. Each drug company has different eligibility and qualification requirements.

You can find out more about the different PAPs on the internet. Below are a few web sites that offer drug lists and PAP drug application forms, for some drugs, that you can download. The sites also offer valuable information regarding PAPs.

   • www.rxhope.com

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If you don't have a computer, libraries in the USA have computers and the internet.. You will need to know the brand name of the drug you need to apply for, a prescription from your doctor, the name of the company that manufactures the medication, and the company's toll free phone number. You can ask you doctor and your pharmacist for the information needed to apply. Once you get all the information needed, you will have to call the drug company and ask if they have a PAP for your drug. If they do, inform the company representative that you want to find out if you qualify for their program. You may be able to find out over the telephone, by sending in the application and all other documents needed or by checking information on the internet site. Qualification depends on the company rules.

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