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Getting Patients Drugs A Guide to Patient Assistance Programs. Diane M. Wink EdD, FNP, ARNP Professor College of Nursing UCF [email protected] Objective. Use free and low cost programs to help patients afford needed drugs Types of programs: Patient assistance Discount

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getting patients drugs a guide to patient assistance programs

Getting Patients DrugsA Guide to Patient Assistance Programs

Diane M. Wink EdD, FNP, ARNP

Professor

College of Nursing

UCF

[email protected]

objective
Objective
  • Use free and low cost programs to help patients afford needed drugs
    • Types of programs:
      • Patient assistance
      • Discount
      • Co-pay coverage
      • Free
    • How to access programs
    • Benefits / problems with each type program
retail based programs free drug programs
RETAIL BASED PROGRAMSFree Drug Programs
  • Antibiotics
    • Publix
    • United
    • Meijer
    • Wegmans
  • Metformin
    • Publix
  • Prenatal Vitamins
    • Meijer
retail based programs generic drug programs
RETAIL BASED PROGRAMSGeneric Drug Programs
  • Wal-Mart http://www.walmart.com/pharmacy
    • $4-9/30 days $12-24/90 days
    • OTC program
retail based programs generic drug programs1
RETAIL BASED PROGRAMSGeneric Drug Programs
  • Target http://sites.target.com/
    • $4-9/30 days $10-24/ 90 days
    • More discounts with Target credit or debit card
  • CVS http://www.cvs.com/
    • $10 enrollment
    • $9.99 for 90 day supply
    • 10% discount on Minute Clinic (except FL)
  • Rite Aide http://www.riteaid.com/
    • $8.99/30-days $15.99/90 days.
    • 20% on other name brand and generics meds
    • Save 10% on Rite Aid products
    • Not in publicly funded health care program
    • Free Card
  • Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/
    • $20/year; $35 family for Card
    • $12/90 days
    • US or Puerto Rico
    • Not in publicly funded health care program
    • Diabetic supplies
    • Pet prescriptions
    • Coupons
    • Discount on other services
retail based programs generic drug programs2
RETAIL BASED PROGRAMSGeneric Drug Programs
  • Rite Aide http://www.riteaid.com/
    • $8.99/30-days $15.99/90 days. Free Card
    • 20% on other name brand and generics meds
    • Save 10% on Rite Aid products
    • Not in publicly funded health care program
  • Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/
    • $20/year; $35 family for Card
    • $12/90 days
    • US or Puerto Rico
    • Not in publicly funded health care program
    • Diabetic supplies, Pet prescriptions, Coupons, Other Discounts
patient assistance programs free programs
Patient Assistance ProgramsFree Programs
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance - PPARx
    • Supported by PhRMA
  • http://www.pparx.org/
patient assistance programs free programs1
Patient Assistance ProgramsFree Programs
  • PPARx
    • Search engine of drugs
      • 475 patient assistance programs (200 from drug companies)
      • Links to applications
      • Application wizard
    • Help Is Here Express bus
patient assistance programs free programs2
Patient Assistance ProgramsFree Programs
  • PPARx
    • Information on
      • Medicare Drug Coverage
      • Medicaid Chip programs
      • Patient Assistance Programs
      • Co-Payment programs
      • Free Clinic Finders
      • Savings Cards
patient assistance programs free programs3
Patient Assistance ProgramsFree Programs
  • NeedyMeds.org
    • NOT the .com site
  • http://www.needymeds.org/
    • Services
      • PAP Applications Assistance
      • Brand and Generic Name Drugs
      • Program and Company Lists
      • Medication Coupons
      • Application Assistance
patient assistance programs free programs4
Patient Assistance ProgramsFree Programs
  • RX Assist (Supported by Astra Zeneca)
  • http://www.rxassist.org/
    • Services
      • Links to forms and an application Wizard.
patient assistance programs commercial programs
Patient Assistance ProgramsCommercial Programs
  • Select Care Benefits Network
  • http://www.scbn.org/
    • Services
      • Application fee of $50-$75.
      • $20 per month per medication based on a 12 month agreement
      • Completes paper work
      • Extra charge for extra work
      • Will do appeals and remind you to do subsequent paper work
patient assistance programs drug discount programs
Patient Assistance ProgramsDrug Discount Programs
  • Together RX Program (many companies
  • http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/Tx/jsp/home.jsp
  • Discounts on Drugs
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Patient Assistance ProgramsDrug Discount Programs
  • Together RX Program (Beware of Ad)
    • Criteria: 
      • Not eligible for Medicare or any prescription drug coverage
      • Household income equal to or less than:
        • $45,000 for a single person
        • $60,000 for a family of two
        • $75,000 for a family of three
        • $90,000 for a family of four
        • $105,000 for a family of five
        • Contact for others and residents of AK and HI
      • Legal resident of the US or Puerto Rico
patient assistance programs drug discount programs2
Patient Assistance ProgramsDrug Discount Programs
  • Together RX Program
    • Services: 
      • 25-40% savings on 300+ brand/generic drugs
patient assistance programs disease specific programs
Patient Assistance ProgramsDisease Specific Programs
  • AIDS Treatment Data Network
    • Also assists with hepatitis
  • http://www.atdn.org/
patient assistance programs disease specific programs1
Patient Assistance ProgramsDisease Specific Programs
  • American Cancer Society
  • http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MIT/content/MIT_3_2x_Prescription_Drug_Assistance_Programs.asp
patient assistance programs disease specific programs2
Patient Assistance ProgramsDisease Specific Programs
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1Prescription_Drug_Patient_Assistance_Programs.htm
patient assistance programs benefits check up
Patient Assistance ProgramsBenefits Check-Up
  • BenefitsCheckUp –
    • National Council on the Aging
  • http://www.benefitscheckup.org
    • Select "Find More Benefits Programs…”
    • Services
      • Online resource for people age 55 and older
      • 1,500 programs for all states and Washington DC
      • Help beyond medications.
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