Many programs are available from federal and state governments, non-profits, manufacturers, and other organizations to help you get the drugs you need at a reduced cost. Eligibility is often based on income, insurance or Medicare status, and other factors. You’ll need to apply through each program, either online, over the phone, or with your doctor's help. The following program is offered by the manufacturer of this drug.
|Program Name:||Arbor Pharmaceuticals' Patient Assistance Program|
|How do I apply?||Go to the program website and fill out the application with appropriate documentation and your physician's signature. You may submit the application by mail or fax.|
|What are the benefits?||You can receive a 3-month supply of the drug requested shipped to your doctor's office if you are approved. You can also reapply as needed.|
|What are the restrictions?||Most people without insurance and with limited incomes will qualify. You will need a valid prescription and proof of househould income.|
|Keep in mind||Medicare Part D patients may still be eligible; you must provide a LIS denial letter. Gliadel Wafer has a separate application.|
|Program Name:||PAN Foundation Patient Assistance|
|How do I apply?||Go to the program website and find out if you are eligible. You can get more information and start the enrollment by calling or submitting an application online.|
|What are the benefits?||Contact the program to see how they can financially help you out.|
|What are the restrictions?||To qualify, you must have insurance and a valid prescription. You will also need to have been diagnosed with a disease that the program covers. Call or check online to see if you are eligible.|
|Keep in mind||Only patients with specific diagnoses will be eligible for assistance.|
You may find that filling a 90-day supply will reduce your total cost for this prescription. As an added bonus, you'll make fewer trips to the pharmacy, saving you time and money.
If you have insurance or Medicare, you may find that you receive lower prices if you fill your prescriptions through your plan’s mail order pharmacy. Many insurance plans (and most Medicare plans) are now offering similar rates at a select group of “preferred” retail pharmacies. Some plans may require that you fill through a mail order pharmacy for fills of more than a 30-day supply.
To switch to 90-day fills, note that you'll need a new prescription from your doctor; a 30-day quantity prescription will not allow 90-day fills.
There may be other prescriptions in the same class (that work in the same way) that could treat your condition just as well at a much lower cost.
If you're taking an expensive brand-name-only drug, it may be worth asking your doctor if there are any other less expensive, generic, or over-the-counter options that might work for you.