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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Having Trouble Affording Your Prescription Drugs?

Are you without prescription drug coverage and having trouble affording the drugs you need? If so, there are organizations that can help you find free or low-cost medications.

One of the organizations is a drug company trade group called Partnership for Prescription Assistance (http://www.pparx.org). Here is what their web site says:

“The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

“Our mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. We offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies. We have already helped millions of Americans get free or reduced-cost prescription medicines.”

Industry and government patient assistance programs offer an estimated 1,000 medicines to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s.

This is a free service so if you ever come across a web site that asks for money to help you find free or low-cost prescriptions, beware. It is a scam.

Additionally, www.accesstobenefits.org is a website with information on many programs to help seniors and people with disabilities reduce their prescription drug costs. The site is sponsored by a coalition of organizations serving Medicare beneficiaries. These programs offer the most help if you don’t have other prescription drug coverage and if your income is limited. Apply now for the Extra Help available through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for people with limited incomes and resources. If you qualify, you can join a Medicare drug plan, and Medicare will pay 85 to 100 percent of your prescription drug costs.

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