Resource Guide – Medications

by KL on August 2, 2010

How to get help with medications?

We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own.

Q. I can’t afford my medications. What can I do?

Q. Help may be available from private insurance, government agencies, drug company programs, doctors’ samples and foreign mail order pharmacies.

Lists of Prescription Drug Resources

“Factsheet: How Can I Get Help Paying for My Prescriptions?”
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/help/how-to-pay-for-treatment/prescription-assistance-programs
Mental Health America
(800) 969-6642

“Rx Help Online: Free and Discount Drugs”
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/bargains/deals/rx-help-online-free-and-discount-drugs
The Wall Street Journal – article lists resources

“What To Do When You Cannot Afford Medications”
http://medfriendly.com/2007/11/what-to-do-when-you-cannot-afford.html
The MedFriendly blog by Dr. Dorninic Carone – article lists resources

“6 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs”
http://www.health.com/health/money-article/0,,20221135_1,00.html
Health.com is a web portal – article lists resources

“What You Should Know About Drug Discount Cards”
http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/prescription-assistance-programs/drug-discount-cards/menu-id-192/

“More Americans Can’t Afford Needed Medications”
http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/44/3/14-a
This article reviews a recent research report on this growing trend.

Organizations Providing Prescription Help

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
http://www.pparx.org/
1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669)
Partnership for Prescription Assistance qualifies patients without prescription drug coverage get medicines for free or nearly free. It offers access to more than 475 public/private/pharmaceutical programs.

NeedyMeds
http://www.needymeds.org/
NeedyMeds does not have a phone help line.
NeedyMeds is a non-profit helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge.

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