Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hepatitis C-What if I need Financial Assistance to Pay for Treatment?

What if I need Financial Assistance to Pay for Treatment?

If you need help to pay for your prescription medications, you may be eligible for patient assistance programs. The following organizations provide programs that directly reduce the cost of prescription drugs or can assist you in finding programs for which you are eligible.

American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation’s Financial Assistance Resource Support Guide is available for more information: Download

Needy Meds

Needy Meds is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people who cannot afford medicine or health care costs.


Needy Meds has a patient assistance program database for patients to search for medications they are taking or need: The Needy Meds Drug Discount Card provides savings on prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications. For more information…


For the Needy Meds Drug Discount Card, there are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process to use the card. Eligibility varies by program.
Contact Information

Needy Meds
P.O. Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage to access the medicines they need.


The Partnership for Prescription Assistance has an online prescription assistance program finder


Eligibility depends on the patient assistance program. Application
Contact Information

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Phone: 1-888-477-2669

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Many states offer subsidies to provide pharmaceutical coverage or a discount program for prescriptions to eligible individuals.

For information on what programs are provided in each state…


Eligibility requirements vary from state to state. For more details…
Contact Information

Contact information varies by state. For more details…

Together Rx Access

Together Rx Access assists eligible patients with obtaining discounted prescriptions.

The Together Rx Access Card provides savings on prescriptions to eligible patients in the US and Puerto Rico. For a list of medications covered…


Eligibility requirements can be found here. Application
Contact Information

Together Rx Access
PO Box 9426 Wilmington, DE 19809-9944
Phone: 1-800-444-4106

Additional organizations include:

RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs, as well as news and practical tools. Visit them on the Web. [link to:]

RxOutreach is a mail order pharmacy for people with little to no health insurance coverage. Visit them on the Web. [link to:]

Patient Access Network is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to under-insured people for their out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications. Visit them on the Web. [link to:]

Chronic Disease Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that helps people with chronic disease, cancer and other life-altering conditions obtain the life-savings medications they need. Visit them on the Web. [link to:]

There are also pharmaceutical company sponsored prescription assistance programs for specific drugs used to treat Hepatitis C. The drugs are listed below by their brand name:

Victrelis and PegIntron
Merck ACT Program – Reimbursement Services and Patient Assistance Programs

Vertex Patient Assistance

Pegasys and Copegus
Genentech Assistance

To apply for drug assistance programs you will likely be asked for the following information, so it’s helpful to have it handy before contacting these organizations:

State of residence and zip code
Estimated gross annual household income
Number of people living in the household
Brand name of the prescription medicines you have been prescribed
Type of health insurance and/or prescription coverage, if any
Name and contact information of your doctor who prescribed the medication

All information discussed with people staffing patient assistance help lines is strictly confidential.

Also See - Patient Assistance Programs

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