Most pharmaceutical companies run drug assistance programs aimed to facilitate the accessibility of needed medications for patients who are in financial difficulties and are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. These programs have different requirements and require the physician to register the patient. Programs are evolving rapidly, so I enjoin you to consult the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) web site (www.phrma.org) for an updated and complete Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs. You may call the company that makes the drug you need assistance on and inquire about the procedure necessary in your case.
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Amgen: Safety net® Program for Neupogen®
Products covered by program: NEUPOGEN® ( Filgrastim ) Program is designed to assist those patients who are medically indigent (patients may be uninsured or underinsured).
Eligibility is based on the patient’s insurance status and income level. To enroll a patient, providers should contact the Amgen SAFETY NET® Program by calling (800) 272-9376.
Bayer Indigent Patient Program
Products covered by program: Most Bayer pharmaceutical prescription medications used as recommended in prescribing information Physician Requests Should Be Directed To Bayer Indigent Program
P. O. Box 29209 Phoenix, Arizona 85038-9209 (800) 998-9180
Boehringer Ingelheim Partners in Health Program
Products covered by program: Alupent®, MDI, Atrovent ®, Catapres TTS®, Combivent®, Flomax®, Mexitil®, Serentil® for FDA-approved indications only
Physician requests should be directed to Partners in Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI)
P. O. Box 368 Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877-0368 (800) 556-8317 (for information and form)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Program
Products covered by program: Many Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical products Physician requests should be directed to
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Program P.O. Box 4500 Princeton, New Jersey 08543-2500 Mailcode P25-31 (800) 332-2056; (609) 897-6859 (fax)
Eligibility: This program is designed to provide temporary assistance to patients with a financial hardship who are not eligible for prescription drug coverage through Medicaid or any other public or private health program.
DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Program
Products covered by program: All marketed non-controlled prescription Physician requests should be directed to Michelle Paoli, Du Pont Merck Pharmaceutical Company
P. O. Box 80723 Wilmington, Delaware 19880-0723 (800) 474-2762
Eligibility is based on the patient’s insurance status and income level/assets. Patients should have exhausted all third-party insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and all other available programs
Genentech: Uninsured Patient Assistance Program of Genentech
Products covered by program: Actimmune® (interferon gamma-lb), Activase® (alteplase recombinant), Protropin® (somatrem for injection), Nutropin® (somatropin for injection), Nutropin AQ® (somatropin for injection), Rituxan® (rituximab)
Physician requests should be directed to Genentech, Inc. P. O. Box 2586 Mail Stop #13 S. San Francisco, California 94083-2586 (800) 879-2747, (415) 225-1366 (fax)
Genetics Institute: Neumega® Access Program
Products covered by program: Neumega ® (oprelvekin) Physician requests should be directed to The Neumega ® Access Program (888) NEUMEGA (638-6342) Eligibility: For uninsured and underinsured patients who have limited financial resources.
Glaxo Wellcome Patient Assistance Program
Products covered by program: All marketed Glaxo Wellcome prescription products. As all information has changed as of Oct. 2003, call 1-866.728.4368 for specific up-to-date information.
Eligibility: Glaxo Wellcome is dedicated to assuring that no one is denied access to our marketed prescription products as a result of their inability to pay.
Hoechst Marion Roussel Indigent Patient Program, The Anzemet Patient Assistance Program, and the Anzemet Reimbursement Program
Hoechst Marion Roussel Indigent Patient Program
Products covered by program: All prescription products manufactured by Hoechst Marion Roussel, except Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Tenuate Anzemet is covered by another program. Physician requests should be directed to Indigent Patient Program, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc. P. O. Box 9950 Kansas City, Missouri 64134-0950 (800) 221-2025
The Anzemet Patient Assistance Program and the Anzemet Reimbursement Program (HMR)
Physician requests should be directed to Anzemet Patient Assistance Program c/o Comprehensive Reimbursement Consultants (CRC) 8990 Springbrook Drive, Suite 200 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55433 (888) 259-2219
Janssen Patient Assistance Program
Products covered by program: Janssen’s medical prescription products [Duragesic ® (fentanyl transdermal), Ergamisol® (levamisole), Imodium ® (loperamide), Nizoral ® Cream( ketaconazole cream), Nizoral® Shampoo ( ketaconazole shampoo), Nizoral ® Tablet ( ketaconazole tablet), Propulsid ® (cisapride), Sporanox ® ( itraconazole), Vermox ® (mebendazole) Physician requests should be directed to Janssen Patient Assistance Program 1800 Robert Fulton Drive Reston, Virginia 22091-2346 (800) 544-2987
Lilly Cares Program, Gemzar ® Patient Assistance Program
Lilly Cares Program