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Getting Help Paying for Prescription Drugs

There are assistance programs available to help you reduce the cost of prescriptions. This guide is about getting help paying for prescription drugs.
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May 14, 20040 found this helpful

If you don't have health insurance just contact Merck Medco and they will give you free prescriptions. You and your doctor just fill out a form. Several other big pharmaceutical companies also have this same program.

By Suzie

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January 25, 2006

With the cost of heating bills soaring and gasoline constantly going up along with everything else many are unable to afford prescriptions. But there is hope.

Ask your doctor about the free medicine program that pharmaceutical companies are offering. If you qualify you can receive your medicines for free for 1 year. All you need is a form (which your doctor should have) and a copy of your taxes to be sent along with your prescription to the pharmiceutical company.

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If your doctor doesn't have the forms you can obtain them through the internet.

It is such a relief not to have to worry that you may not be able to afford medicine this month due to layoffs, heating costs, gasoline or other situations.

By imaqt1962 from Illinois

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November 7, 2006

We are without prescription coverage right now despite having insurance. Today I went to Fred's pharmacy and they signed me up for their discount program. I had no idea how much I was getting off, just know I have to price my meds. every time before I am able to get them and then decide which is most important. So today, I had two that were filled. I got 2 scripts for $11.83. I was told retail cash price on them would have been about $32 total. So I figure 63% savings. I was blown away, to put it mildly.

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There were no signs about this program that I saw, the clerk brought it up last time after I had already paid for my medication. She said we could do it next time. I was guessing I'd get 10% or something like that and that would have been great too, but this was fantastic. Thank God for that. Anymore we are doing good to pay for our highway robbery price insurance. Then can't afford to use it to go to the doctor! Then when I finally go to the doctor, sometimes I can't afford to fill the prescriptions for a while!! This saved the day because I figured I'd only been able to fill one of them today.

By Lori from Marion, AR

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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

RX Hope

RX Hope

Here is a site that offers to help with getting needed prescriptions. https://www.rxhope.com/home.aspx

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June 12, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about prescription drugs tips for seniors. Whether you are looking for good ideas to make your prescription bottles easy to identify or for how to save money on their purchase, there are some good tips to keep in mind.

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September 13, 2004
www.needymeds.com

www.rxassist.org

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America offers a new interactive drug site that provides a one-stop link to more than 1400 medicines. Patients can fill out an online form and receive a list of programs for which they may qualify. Racer

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May 14, 20040 found this helpful

I have low income need help with prescriptions. Does anyone have any ideas?

Editor's Note: All ideas are welcome but please do not post requests for help here. They will not be seen by anyone who can assist.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 8, 20040 found this helpful

Sometimes, not always, it's less expensive to buy a smaller mg. and double it-or vice versa. The only way to tell is to "shop" for the drug on the net and then tell your druggist about what you've discovered. If he/she won't agree to call the doctor to get a prescription to change your current prescription to what you're requesting, and they don't have a good explanation as to why they won't do it (or if they're "too busy"), it's time to change druggists. If the doctor won't agree, talk to him, tell him/her about your financial problems, if he/she won't help, it's time to change either or both! Most druggists don't want to lose a "valuable" costumer and will agree to help out. Personally I haven't run into that problem of them denying my request without a good reason. However, I did get the tip to do this from another druggist at a different drugstore, not the one that I always use. I guess it just goes to show, if you don't ask, they won't offer. Good luck-I know how difficult it can be.

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May 8, 20040 found this helpful

I will try this once again, for some reason my reply attempts to this request haven't been posting.

Look under the budget category on 2-16-04 for an entry titled "Need Help With Expenses and Prescriptions". Another lady had a similar request and received some good replies that may apply to you as well.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 8, 20040 found this helpful

Here's the article Tawnda was referring to:

Need Help with Expenses and Prescriptions

I am trying to find someone or organization to help me with any free items to help me. My husband passed 3 years ago. I am disabled and my medication costs me 100%. Medicare pays 80% for dr. care (thank God). I just don't have enough to meet my common needs. I know there are others worst off.

http://www.thri  f971171_rea.html

Keep us posted if you continue to have trouble posting.

Thanks

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May 10, 20040 found this helpful

I, too, have low income. I saw in my drs. office a notice that drug companies will give you a drug card to buy their brand of medication and it is only a few dollars co-pay. You could locate the drug company telephone numbers by calling 800 information. You do have to meet their income criteria which I did and they sent me a drug card shortly after I filled out the application.

Maya

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 10, 20040 found this helpful

Some pharmaceutical companies actually provide FREE prescription drugs. Some have income requirements and some don't. Go to www.phrma.org for a list of programs. You contact the maunfacturer of the drug, tell them your circumstances, and ask them about the requirements. What usually happens is that you have to take a form to your doctor to sign. The doctor signs it and usually in 2-3 weeks you get the drugs which are sent to the doctor, not you. Hope this helps you. God Bless.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 12, 20040 found this helpful

Merck-Medco is one company that will provide you with FREE medication. Just contact them, get the form and fill it out with your doctor.

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 14, 20040 found this helpful

You may also be able to have the prescription issued for double the strength, and then cut the pills in half. This way, you get twice as many doses from the same bottle of medicine. DON'T ASSUME THAT THIS CAN BE DONE WITH YOUR SPECIFIC MEDICINE! You must ask your doctor! And rather than using a kitchen knife, it's worth the $5 or so to purchase a pill splitter so that the halves are exactly the same size. My mom gets her cholesterol medicine this way, and it costs her half as much as usual!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 17, 20070 found this helpful

I NEED HELP FINDING HELP PAYING FOR TOPAMAX, A VERY EXPENSIVE MIGRAINE PREVENTION MEDICATION THAT I CANT AFFORD. I WORK FOR WALMART PART TIME IVE TRIED TO GET ON FULL TIME BUT THEY KEEP TELLING ME NO. THATS THE ONLY REASON I WENT TO WORK FOR THEM IS BECAUSE I BELEIVED THE BENEFITS WERE SO GOOD, BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO GET ON FULL TIME UNLESS THEY HAVE INSIDE PULL.
I ALSO NEED HELP WITH A COUPLE OTHER MEDICATIONS BUT TOPAMAX IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. THANK YOU

Editor's Note: This may help. Topamax is made by Ortho McNeil, they have a patient assistance program:
http://www.orth  ientprogram.html

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April 17, 20070 found this helpful

Get generic prescriptions whenever possible. Then go to Walmart - I understand that they have something like $10 deals on generics. I also did not have prescription coverage at one point and got drugs through the drug assistance program with the help of my MD. You can also try local clinics - they often have free drugs on hand....And be frank with your MD about your situation and ask for samples and whatever help he/she can give you here. MDs often don't consider cost in prescribing unless you remind them of it....

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April 17, 20070 found this helpful

I'm just writing to wish you luck with getting help with the Topamax.
My daughter takes it for Migraines also. She stopped taking it at one time because the side effects are horrific. After trying something else
that didn't work she went back on Topmax. She rode it out and it
was worth it. Shes back at work now. Good luck.. and if you get the side effects.. talk to your Dr. She wishes she hadn't stopped taking it
the 1st time.. it would have saved 3-4 months time.. and time off work.

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March 7, 20100 found this helpful

I would recommend to try using a discount drug card. Although these are usually for people without insurance, it can sometimes be cheaper to use the card than your regular copay. A google search for 'discount drug card' will bring up dozens of different programs.

Here's a few free ones that I'd recommend:
http://www.meds  card.com/prices/
http://www.rxfreecard.com/
http://www.truerxsavings.com/

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By 6 found this helpful
April 16, 2011

I need assistance paying for my Singular. Can Merck help me with this payment?

By Dorothy from Dawson, GA

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

Try contacting Merck directly. You should be able to locate a website for the company. All drug companies have a department to assist people in your situation.

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

It depends on whether you have insurance or not and what kind, but here are a couple of sources that have helped me in the past:
rxassist.org
www.pparx.org
or as suggested call the company directly. Also, my doctors have given me samples when they're available. I hope you can get some help.

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

Try Astrazeneca http://www.astr  -your-medicines/

You can also try http://www.pres  gCFQjs7QodjlzDHA

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April 17, 20110 found this helpful

always always contact to mfg. directly. I was paying almost 1000 per month in meds because I dond't have insurance. The mfg. of my medications All gave me free medications for one year. They have requirements but usually are really able to help you. Sometimes the county you live in will also have a discount pharmacy card. Call you local Medicaid office to see if they offer something like this. DON"T pay for a discount card. that's a scam.

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April 18, 20110 found this helpful

You can go to www.FreeMedicine.com and print off an ap. You bring the form to your Dr. and he fills out your meds. Then it gets sent in. You pay $10 one time for each prescription med and thereafter, your meds are all free.
This isn't just for low income people either. A family of four will qualify even if their income is 80k per year.
The phone number for free meds is 1-573-996-3333
I sincerely hope this helps. God Bless

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November 2, 2005

My husband regularly takes several prescription drugs. I have seen where sometimes you can get a rebate coupon for up to $30 on prescriptions - does anyone know if there is a website that you can check drugs you are taking to see if they qualify for such rebates? All of his co-pays just doubled so I am looking for ways to save some money. He already requests samples but they are not available for several of his medications. Thanks.

Starlight from North Platte, NE

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 2, 20050 found this helpful

go to http://www.needymeds.com. Look up each of your husband's medications. You most often can request free medications from the pharmacuetical companies Patient Assistance programs.

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November 2, 20050 found this helpful

I do a google search for the drug by name. Name brand drugs often have a website, and if there is a rebate, that's where you'll find that information. I've done it with three drugs (all name brand), and I've found rebates on all of them. I doubt that you'll find any coupons on generic drugs, but that's worth a try, too, at the manufacturer's website.

TerryfromChilliOH

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 2, 20050 found this helpful

There are sites that list rebates/credits when you transer a med RX. I think the easiest way is to call the phar and ask them what type of incentive/coupon they have for transfering a rx.

also, check the local coupon ads - there was one this Sunday for $20 if I transferred an rx to that store.

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November 18, 20050 found this helpful

that's a great link ! thanks ! i passed it on to everyone i know & said pass it on !! -- here's some from alexa related links - to go with it ! orgot about Alexa related links - so here's a bunch more !

http://www.alex  ww.needymeds.com

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

I am not 65 but am on medicare and can not get medicaid. What help can be found for RX drugs and medical?

By Shirl

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