«

»

Applying to a Patient Assistance Program (PAP)

Today many Americans find themselves struggling to pay for their medications, unfortunately leading to difficult choices between paying for food, rent, or prescriptions. Luckily pharmaceutical companies and other organizations are aware of this fact, and doing what they can to help alleviate costs for those struggling financially. For many drugs that may seem too expensive to afford there are Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs). These programs offer the drugs at little to no cost to the consumer.

 

Finding a Program for your Medication:

07.17.13.2To apply for a PAP, first make sure one is available for your medication. You can look up each PAP alphabetically on the NeedyMeds site here. There are both brand name and generics listed. Once you find your drug, click on the name of the medication to get to the program details page. Here all of the contact information for the program is listed, along with the application form. You will need to contact the program directly to apply.

 

 

Eligibility Requirements:

Every Patient Assistance Program has it’s own set of guidelines and requirements. Most programs require that you are a legal United States resident. Many of them also have an income requirement and ask for a tax return or pay stub to prove your income level. Another common requirement is a diagnosis. If you are taking a medication for off-label use you may be out of luck. It is also common for the program to only accept uninsured or underinsured patients, or those on Medicare part D.

 

Application:

07.17.13Once you have called the program and discussed your eligibility, the next step is to download and complete an application form. Most applications are number of pages long, with portions for both you and your doctor to complete. Be sure to double-check your application before sending it in, as mistakes on the form can cause for a delay in receiving your medication. Most programs take 1-2 weeks to determine if you are accepted, with another 1-2 weeks for delivery of the medication.

 

Extra tips:
We recommend contacting the program even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements – in many instances they will allow you to enter the program. When speaking with a call center representative always be courteous, they get many calls every day and being friendly is always a welcome approach.

2 comments

4 pings

  1. lisa

    The pain med Zohydra 10mg I have been taking for about 4 months bid I was also given a Zohydra discount card to use, but every ttime I use it the anount owed goes up, plus my health saving’sard from my huband, we been using for copays in such is completely maxed out. W e alsohave other meds ro worry about, so I’m hoping to get some help with this medicince.

    1. Samuel Rulon-Miller

      Lisa, give us a call at 800-503-6897 and let’s see how we can help!

  1. Finding Help with Allergies and Asthma » The NeedyMeds Blog

    [...] ties together all of the assistance listings we have in one place. This page includes a list of patient assistance programs for asthma and allergy medications. We have also highlighted four helpful groups for asthma and [...]

  2. Finding Help With Major Depression » The NeedyMeds Blog

    [...] at a reduced or no cost. For more information on Patient Assistance Programs, check our previous blog post. We also have a Major Depression Resource Page that lists most drugs commonly prescribed for [...]

  3. Another Way to Save on Medication Costs » The NeedyMeds Blog

    [...] blogs have discussed various ways to save on medication costs – pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, drug discount coupons, drug discount card, etc. Let me tell you about another way you may be able [...]

  4. Resources for Parkinson’s Disease » The NeedyMeds Blog

    [...] The first place to look for assistance would be our Parkinson’s Disease Information Page which lists all of the programs available in one place. Here we list the drugs that are commonly prescribed for Parkinson’s Disease. Those that are in blue link to a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) listing for the drug. Patient Assistance Programs provide the medication at reduced or no cost to qualifying patients. To apply simply contact the program and request an application form. For more information on PAPs check our previous blog post here. [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *