NeedyMeds’ mission is to be the best source of accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care; to assist those in need in applying to programs; and to provide health-related education using innovative methods.
Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)
Programs created by pharmaceutical companies, provide free or discounted medicine to people who are unable to afford them. Each program has its own qualifying criteria.
To find a PAP that you may qualify for:
- Click on Brand Name Drugs or Generic Name Drugs [http://www.needymeds.org/generic_list.taf] here or in the menu to the left. An alphabetical listing appears that contains all the drugs available through PAPs.
- Then click on the first letter of the name of your medicine in the alphabet bar.
- Next, click on the name of your medicine to access the eligibility and contact information for the program(s). In some cases the program application form can be printed from our website. Applications should be faxed or mailed directly to the PAP, not to NeedyMeds.
Look for all of your medications, not just the most expensive ones. If your medicine does not appear on the Brand Name or Generic Name lists, then it is not available through a PAP. Click here to learn about options if this is the case.
Additional NeedyMeds Resources
- Medication Coupons are offered by various drug companies and may offer a rebate, discount or even free trial size of a medication. Coupons for prescription medications require a doctor’s prescription. Coupons can be found two ways: under Brand Name Drugs if a green coupon icon appears next to the drug name then click on the icon. Or, they can be found on the medication coupon page. Use the alphabet bar to find the medicine.
- Application Assistanc lists organizations that assist patients with completing PAP applications for free or a small fee.
- Disease-Based Assistance programs provide a wide range of assistance for the costs associated with specific diseases or medical conditions.
- Free and Low Cost Clinics offer health care at no cost, for a small fee, or on a sliding scale. These clinics are searchable by state and by zip code.
- Drug Discount Cards can help people save on their prescriptions but vary widely company to company. Click here to view available discount cards. NeedyMeds also offers a free discount card that you can download right here. It is completely free to use and requires no registration or identifying information. Click here to learn more about the card.
- Camps and Scholarships offers a database of camps and scholarships geared towards children and adults living with a disease or medical condition.
- Government Programs are programs that are created, sponsored, and/or funded (all or in part) by state, county or local governments to assist low-income residents with medical care, prescription assistance, health insurance, etc.
- Disease Resource Pages provide detailed information on specific diseases and include links to nonprofit patient-oriented groups that offer education, research, support and advocacy. In addition, each disease resource page lists financial resources that help with the cost of drugs used to treat that disease, such as PAPs, free clinics and programs that provide other types of financial assistance.
- Medicare Information explains the Medicare programs, contains a Medicare Part D Fact Sheet and has links for other useful Medicare-related websites.
- Medicaid Sites has a clickable map where you can learn more about Medicaid in your state.
- SHIP has a clickable map where you can find local state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs), which are federally funded advisory programs in each state.
- Federal Poverty Guidelines helps you figure out your eligibility for PAPs by inputting your income information.
- The NeedyMeds Brochure is a great way to spread the printed word about our organization. You can download a copy of our brochure in English, Spanish or Portuguese or order an information packet (brochure, NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card, and drug discount card handout) by clicking here.
- Patient Advocate News is our free electronic PDF newsletter that contains interviews with various health care nonprofits and other health care organizations, updates on PAPs and other newsworthy tidbits.
- NeedyMeds Forum is an online community for patient advocates to talk with each other about their work, ask professional questions of each other and stay abreast of PAP changes.