In case you’ve ever wondered, “What are Patient Assistance Programs?”, the team here at Discount Drug Network thought it would be a good topic to cover and help better educate everyone about.
At a high-level, Patient Assistance Programs are simply programs offered to help people save money on their prescription drug costs. The problem is, most healthcare consumers aren’t familiar with Patient Assistance Programs and many who are familiar with them confuse them with Prescription Discount Cards, Prescription Co-Payment Assistance, or Manufacturer Rebate or Coupon Programs. All of these programs are excellent ways to save when used together properly, but the information on the internet about these programs is often confusing and it’s hard to realize the differences between these programs and to identify which offers you the best way to save.
The Prescription Discount Card, as offered by Discount Drug Network, is a free card available for anyone to use, at almost every U.S. retail pharmacy, on every F.D.A approved prescription drug. It offers average savings of 47%, or $23 every time it’s used. It often gives consumers access to retail pricing that is lower than even the insurance co-payment or mail-order pharmacy pricing. It’s convenient and everyone should have one in their wallet along with their insurance card. The smart way to shop is to always provide both the insurance card and the Prescription Discount Card and then to use the one that offers the lower price.
Different than the Prescription Discount Card, however, Patient Assistance Programs are programs run by pharmaceutical companies to help qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. Unfortunately, however, the eligibility requirements vary by drug and by manufacturer, and they often are not published. To see if you qualify, you need to contact the pharmaceutical company who manufactures the drug you are seeking assistance for and then apply for their program. They will ask for information about your income and personal assets. If you qualify for their program, you can expect a significant subsidy for your medications or possibly even receive them for free.
For a listing of most of the pharmaceutical companies offering Patient Assistance Programs, see below: