Some people may not be familiar with Patient Assistance Programs for prescription medicine – who sponsors them, how do they work. Below we’ve gathered a list of most frequently asked questions about patient assistance programs
1. What are Patient Assistance Programs?
Patient Assistance Programs help qualified individuals to receive medicines they need for free or nearly free and are sponsored by prescription drug manufacturers.
2. Who is eligible for the Patient Assistance Program?
Individual criteria usually depend on the pharmaceutical manufacturer, but typically the two requirements criteria are based on patient’s income and lack of prescription drug coverage.
3. Are all of my prescriptions available free of charge?
Not all medications are available free of charge. Usual brand (not generic) medicine is available to those that qualify.
4. How fast can I get my medicine once approved?
It may take three to six weeks to receive your medication depending on program requirements and your paperwork. Your doctor can usually help you expedite the application process.
5. How much medicine can I receive at any one time?
Usually qualified patients will receive a three -month supply at a time. Majority of the programs allow for prescription refills. Patients are advised to carefully read and complete their application in order to allow for timely refills.
6. How do I get started?
Initial applications must be filled out and signed by both you and your doctor. You are required to fill out the patient portion of application and bring it to your doctor’s office. The doctor will then fill out the medical portion of the application. Completed application will then be mailed or faxed to Pharmaceutical Company for further considerations.