Being able to pay for prescriptions is vitally important for a large number of Americans. Unfortunately, the cost of many prescriptions is significantly high, so many people are unable or unwilling to foot the bill. The good news is there are a number of organizations and programs that can help you pay for your prescriptions without over stretching your budget.
Patient Assistance Programs
Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) are one the best ways to find prescription drugs that are either free or offered at discounted prices. These programs were actually set up by companies within the pharmaceutical industry to provide support for patients who do not have the financial means to pay for their essential prescriptions.
You can find out if you qualify for PAPs by entering your medication names on websites that index PAPs qualifying prescriptions. NeedyMeds.org provides an easy to use tool that allows you to search by your medication names and find free or discounted prices. The website also has a range of other useful resources for patients who are struggling to afford the cost of prescription medications.
Prescriptions & Benefits Checks
If you need regular prescriptions it is important to understand which benefits you may be entitled to claim. Benefits are there to help you cope with situations that out of your control – including the need for prescriptions due to illness or injury. Unfortunately, a considerable number of patients are unaware of the existence of much needed benefits, let alone how to apply for them.
If you are struggling to understand which benefits you can apply for, BenefitsCheckUp.org is a great resource. Answer a few simple questions and the site’s search engine will return a list of benefits that match your circumstances and needs. You can then apply for any relevant benefits programs and potentially receive support in paying for your prescriptions.
Prescriptions Discount Cards
Prescriptions or drug discount cards are available under government programs in certain states, through both for profit and non-profit organizations, or special membership associations. RxAssist.org provides a prescriptions discount card to help patients manage the cost of essential drugs, which is available as a printable coupon via the website.
For more information on help paying for your prescriptions contact Cherry Street Pharmacy for expert advice. We are committed to ensuring that each and every one of our patients is able to receive the medications that they need, at a price that is affordable to everyone.