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Low cost and no cost Prescription Programs
kindnesshelps posted:
There are 3 ways listed here to find if there is assistance in obtaining your midications. For those of us who need meds but don't have insurance or money to pay for them, there is a low cost prescription program that carries many generic meds at very low cost, including psychiatric meds.

1) It is called Rx Outreach, also called Express Scripts.
You can look up your med to see if it's available and if it is how much it will cost. Their web address is

2) Also, many of the drug companies have patient assistance programs where, as long as you meet their criteria for income and whether you have insurance or not, they provide their meds to patients at no cost.

You would look up the drug manufacturer of your med and do a web search for their home page. Almost always there is a link right on the front page that takes you to the info on their patient assistance program.

3) And the last one is another low cost web site that can help search for assistance programs that might be helpful for what you take. It is called Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
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susiemargaret responded:
hello, KH --

here are a few more resources for finding free/low-cost programs for meds assistance --

-- ask your prescribing dr or your family dr for samples;

-- ask a pharmacist if s/he knows of local/state/national programs for getting free/low-cost meds;

-- ask a pharmacist if any of the meds you are taking have generic equivalents, which are much less expensive than brand-name ones; many discount stores (target, wal-mart, etc.) dispense generic meds at $4/month;

-- look at the labels on your current meds, get the manufacturer's name for each, then apply to each manufacturer's patient assistance program;

-- check out the listings from these websites -- , , , , and ;

-- check out the website for the national conference of state legislatures, which lists prescription assistance programs by state (subsidy programs, table 1, and discount programs, table 2, each can be reached by a link within the text); the page with the listings requires a little maneuvering but is well worth the effort -- ;

-- check out these websites to determine your eligibility for govt assistance programs -- , and ;

-- call your city, county, or state dept of health and dept of family services (or something that sounds equivalent), and ask if there are state or local programs for prescription assistance;

-- go to the website for your state government, e.g., , and click on every social services link you can find; and

-- ask around at food banks, shelters, united way and other charitable organizations, the YMCA/YWCA, and similar places about local programs thru churches, fraternal organizations, etc.

-- susie margaret
wyo2238 responded:
I found this information very interisting. Recently I went to pharmacy for a shingles shot, per DR,s orders and with medicare it still 200.00, so I passed and will ck at Wall Mart. Being on SS I can afford med's at 200.00 a fill. I enjoy WEB MD Thank You
susiemargaret replied to wyo2238's response:
hello, W and KH --

if anyone clicks on the links that i suggest but finds that the websites are too complicated or hard to follow, please let me know that that i can correct them or drop them from my list. thanks.

-- susie margaret
Janna56 replied to susiemargaret's response:
Hi Susie - I thank you, as you left me the same message with the different websites to go to. I went to RxOutreach and they have of course the income guidelines, but they also said they can help if a person is underinsured, as myself. I downloaded their application, and have an appointment with my Dr. Tuesday to go over this. Three of the meds I am on, are actually on a list for $20.00 for 180 days. I pray this works and I thank you so very much. Janna56
susiemargaret replied to Janna56's response:
hello, janna --

i am so glad that i was able to provide a link for you to find help. i know it can make all the difference in the world in terms of emotional state.

please keep us posted.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
rsagakk responded:
All the information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs plus hundreds of other programs is available for free at Each workday over 13,000 people visit our site. We have all the applications on the website.

Our information is ease to access, updated regularly, and free. We gather no information about our users.

You don't have to pay to apply to these programs. Most are easy to apply to and respond quickly.

We also offer a free drug discount card. No registration is required and anyone is eligible to use it. The average savings is 40%-45% with occasional savings of up to 75% or even more.

Rich Sagall, MD
NeedyMeds, Inc.
P.O. Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931

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