When a patient cannot afford to pay for a medication that is essential, in the US, various resources are available. These include Patient Assistance Programs, typically run by the manufacturers of medications. Often, the manufacturers also provide copay cards or coupons that can be used to help pay for the medication while the patient’s application for free medication is being processed.
But, keeping track of the variety of programs, their different eligibility criteria, forms, and coupons can be a burden for clinicians and their patients. Well, we have a simple and practical solution for you–needymeds.org. This is a non-profit organization with a very good reputation. Here is the home page for this website:
We can just use the Search box in the top left corner of the home page to find resources for the medication we are looking for.
The website then gives us everything we need–who is eligible, the phone number, how much medication will be provided, where will the medication be sent, and even the actual form that needs to be filled out! Also, patients can get a link to a co-pay card or coupon that they can print out.
Try out needymeds.org. You will be amazed at how helpful it is!
Disclaimer: Simple and Practical Mental Health has no association whatsoever–financial or otherwise–with needymeds.org.
If we put our cursor on “Patient Savings” on the home page’s menu, we can see the many other resources that are available on the website. See image below.
Clicking on “Brand Name Drugs” brings us to the page below. Do you see the alphabet at the bottom of the page? Click on the letter with which the brand name of the medication starts.