Healthcare Help: Programs Offering Prescription Assistance

Posted on 09/01/2010

According to a recent survey, roughly one in seven children and working-age adults in America go without a prescription because they can’t afford it. There’s no denying that drugs are costly. But the good news is there are plenty of programs offering prescription assistance to those in need of healthcare help.

Healthwell Foundation - The Healthwell Foundation is a non-profit that’s been helping insured people who can’t afford important medical treatments since 2003. Their vision is to ensure that no patient goes without health care just because they don’t have the money for it. They’re helping lots of under-insured patients who suffer from chronic or life-altering diseases ranging from asthma to cancer.

Bridges to Access - Drug giant Glaxo Smith Kline created the Bridges to Access organization as a way to provide prescription non-oncology medicines to qualified patients who can’t afford them. You can enroll by mail or by a health care advocate, depending on how urgent your need is.

Xubex Co-Pay Assistance Program - Even if you have an insurance co-pay, you may still qualify for assistance. The Xubex Co-Pay Assistance Program covers all or part of the co-pay your insurance company may require you to shell out. The amount you pay will depend on the medication.

Together Rx Access - According to, thousands of people are saving lots of money on important medicines through this program. Most people save between 25 and 40% on brand name prescriptions. To qualify, you can’t have prescription drug coverage or be eligible for Medicare.

Rx Outreach - There are more than 150 medications offered through Rx Outreach that cost just $20 for a 180-day supply. To qualify you must meet certain income requirements, but the site claims you’ll pay far less than retail on your prescriptions.

Schering-Plough Cares - Schering-Plough Cares is available to low-income patients who don’t have prescription insurance coverage. The program provides access to Schering-Plough’s allergy, asthma, dermatology and cardiovascular prescriptions. Fill out this form to apply. In 2008 the program provided free medicine to more than 65,000 people.

Pfizer Connection to Care - Pharmaceutical company Pfizer offers free drugs from Antivert to Zyrtec through their Connection to Care program. You and your doctor must fill out this form to apply. Be sure to check out the eligibility requirements first to make sure you qualify. If you don’t meet the requirements for this program, you may be eligible for Pfizer Pfriends, a program that offers savings on Pfizer medicines.

By Alison Storm

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