It can be difficult at times to pay for your prescription medications. There are several assistance programs that are available to help those who:
- Have no medical/medication insurance
- Need assistance with medication co-pay
- Insurance company has denied payment of treatment medication
Please remember that all assistance programs will need to see a valid, current prescription from a physician in order to complete your application for possible approval.
What resources are available to help locate an assistance program for my medications?
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.
RXAssist - Patient Assistance Center
RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need.
American College of Rheumatology
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) represents over 9,400 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. The ACR has compiled a list of assistance programs for certain rheumatology-related drugs.
Are there other resources available?
Check with your local pharmacist (CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc.). They will be able to provide you with information on any programs they have for discounted medications.
Talk to your doctor. They may have samples available to help cover you until you can apply for an assistance program.
If you have medication insurance and your insurer has denied coverage of prescribed treatment, you should still contact an assistance program. They may provide you with assistance once they have confirmed that you have been denied coverage.
If you have any questions about possible programs that are available, please contact the Lupus Foundation of America Health Educator Line at 1-800-558-0121.