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Programs for Low Income

Q. I heard that most if not all pharmaceutical companies have programs for low income people. Is there a resource that provides information on ALL of these programs?

A. If you go to the website www.mental-health-matters.com/financialhelp.html, you will find a number of links that should be helpful; e.g., the 1999-2000 Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs and The Medicine Program. Another link (Free Medication Programs for Low-Income Patients) will provide you with some 800 numbers to programs and pharmaceutical companies. Two other sites may be of interest: www.lorenbennett.org/freemeds.htm, and IndiCare (www.indicare.com). The latter is an automated on-line tool for indigent patients that helps them obtain free medications--but this is aimed at providers (doctors and other health care workers).

So, this is a site your doctor will need to check out for you. He or she is always a good place to start with these questions, and keep in mind that many doctors have access to (limited) free samples of some medications.

October 2001

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