Need Help Paying For Meds? Consider Patient Assistance Programs

5:18 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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Undated -- We know many people take many different medications. Sometimes, you need help paying for everything.

Most major drug companies have something called Patient Assistance Programs. They can help people with low incomes get brand-name drugs for less. You can either go to the drug company's website, or ask your pharmacist for help finding a Patient Assistance Program. These websites can help you find programs: Patient Assistance Program, Partnership For Prescription Assistance, and Needy Meds.

Of course, there are asset restrictions. In many cases, a person's income must be less than $20,000 for one person, $28,000 for a couple, and $40,000 for a family of four. You can own a house and one car, but cannot have more than $15,000 in savings or retirment funds.

Remember even with the Patient Assistance Program, the generic drug will still be less than the brand-name drug. So before you apply for a Patient Assistance Program, ask your doctor if there is a generic drug that would work just as well as the brand-name drug.

More information from Consumer Reports on Patient Assistance Programs.

WFMY News 2/Consumer Reports

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