In Pain, Out of Work and Can't Pay the
A Resource Directory for People with CRPS
Patient Assistance Programs
There are several patient assistance programs (PAP)
designed to help low-income people with limited or no prescription
drug coverage. State and government programs offer discounts
and subsidies, and most pharmaceutical manufacturers have
patient assistance programs that provide free drugs to those
who qualify. Therein lies the rub: a key qualifier is that
drugs are only dispensed for medication if it is being used
within the Federal Drug Administration's approved indication
(ie, "on label"). Many people with CRPS rely
on "off-label" uses of medications. Still, it is
worth checking into. At the very least, you might get a substantial
reduction in the price.
A note about opioids: Most manufacturers have removed these
drugs from their patient assistance plans. Purdue Pharma, L.P.,
manufacturer of OxyContin®, is the exception. Your physician
must call Purdue Pharma (800.599.6070) and request an application
for you. You must provide copies of your income tax return
and evidence of your monthly expenses, but when it is all
said and done, it is possible to get the drug free of charge.
The drug will be dispensed by your physician. However, Purdue
Pharma will not dispense drugs to those individuals who are
in the Medicare Part D "donut hole."
The following information is provided as a service only. RSDSA
does not endorse any of these programs.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
The PPA helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible, and offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.
To find out if you qualify for free or discounted drugs,
call toll-free 888.477.2669 or visit the website,
and click on the left hand box for patients. You will be asked
to enter the medications you need and personal information (age,
income, insurance coverage) to determine if you qualify.
National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD) Medication
Through the NORD Patient Assistance Program, eligible patients
are provided with cost-free medications. For information about the programs listed on the website, use the contact information associated with that particular program or e-mail PatientAssistance@rarediseases.org.
This organization provides people 55 years and older with
a report of public and private programs to help them save
money on prescription drugs. It also can help you find help
with rent, property taxes, heating bills, meals, and other
needs. For more information on BenefitsCheckUp, visit the website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A national not-for-profit that has information on programs that help people who can't afford their medications and healthcare costs. NeedyMeds has data on over 2,400 programs and nearly 11,000 free/low-cost/sliding-scale clinics. All our data is free, easy to access, and updated regularly.
NeedyMeds also offers a free drug discount card that's accepted at nearly 60,000 pharmacies. Anyone can use the card regardless of income level, insurance status, age or residency. The card offers a discount ranging from nothing to 75% on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and medical supplies when written on a prescription form, and pet prescription drugs purchased at a pharmacy. The average savings is 50%. The card is free and there is no registration process or cost. The card can be downloaded from the website or obtained by sending NeedyMeds a self-addressed stamped envelope.
RxHope is a free web-based service that helps prescribers
and patient advocates apply, obtain, and track requests for
no cost medication for patients who are unable to afford them
and who have no access to prescription insurance or government-funded
programs. They can help identify:
- Federal, state and charitable agencies that have patient
- Ways to register on the Internet
- How to navigate the Drug Information Center, State and
Federal Assistance Programs, Healthcare Links, and Pharmaceutical Company Links
P.O. Box 5836
Somerset, NJ 08875
(Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm EST)
Rx Outreach is managed by Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, Inc. (ESSDS), a fully-licensed mail order pharmacy that is committed to making the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable. Rx Outreach is not a prescription insurance program nor an Internet pharmacy.
Customer Service: 800.769.3880
(Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm CST)
Workers Comp Rx
A pharmacy service for injured workers with open claims provides
medications with no out-of-pocket costs.
Workers Comp Rx
Toll-free: 888.2COMPRX (888.226.6779)
Watch Out for Scams!
MyFreeMedicine.com, LLC advertised on television and the
radio that they could get free prescription medicine for "eligible"
consumers. After paying $199.95 to enroll, people were directed
to pharmaceutical-company-run programs. Consumers found they
were not eligible for all the medications they need.
Trade Commission complained to the US District Court. The
FTC has also published a consumer alert, No
Need to Pay for Information on Free (or Low-Cost) Rx Drugs.
Many states have programs
in place to subsidize the cost of pharmaceuticals or offer
discounts for elders, low-income residents, and others.
and Private Organizations
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January 3, 2012