Indigent Patient Programs

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American Heart Association List of Indigent Patient Programs

Patients-in-need and Indigent patient programs:
In 1991, Americans filled 1.7 billion prescriptions in retail drug stores at an average cost of $22.44 each. The current estimated cost of the average perscription is approximately $26.00. According to a study conducted by the National Council on Patient Information and Education, almost 40% of patients over 65 take five prescriptions daily, and 19% take at least seven drugs per day. Almost 60% of elderly Americans are taking five to seven prescription medications daily, and this can add thousands of dollars per year to their living expenses. The American Heart Association began a list of companies offering prescription drugs for free or at reduced prices. For information on obtaining these drugs free or at reduced cost (directly from the phamaceutical company) for indigent patients, or for those on small fixed incomes, click here



Patients in Need Programs first...


The American Heart Association has published a list 1, 2, 3 based upon several review articles published in the medical literature of nineteen pharmaceutical companies who provide drugs free or at low cost to the medically indigent. In most cases it takes the actions of a physician or medical professional to contact the pharmaceutical company before drugs can be supplied to the physician or to a pharmacy for distribution to the patient-in-need.

Many pharmaceutical companies will only discuss this information directly with physicians or health care professionals. For information on the participating pharmaceutical companies and their specific eligibility requirements for these programs, contact the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 and request the hand-out entitled "Drugs, Free or Low Cost" (January 1994 or later edition).

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Participating Pharmaceutical Companies:

  1. NEW!   The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (sponsored by a coalition of U.S. Pharmaceutical manufacturers) just launched (April 2005) a new ad campaign and toll free number to advertise a Web site for people to get information on all prescription drug assistance plans available nationally. Call: 1-888-477-2669.
    Their web site is
  2. 3M Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-328-0255
  3. Alza Pharmaceuticals Indigent Patient Assistance Program Testoderm Ocusert Progestasert (415) 962-4297
  4. ALZA/U.S. Bioscience, Inc Ethyol (amifortine) Access Program Ethyol (amifortine) 1-800-609-1083 Amgen Safety Net Epogen Neupogen (800) 272-9376 or (202) 637-6698
  5. Astra Merck Inc. Patient Assistance Program Plendil Prilosec Tonocard 800-355-6044
  6. Astra USA, Inc. F.A.I.R. Program Foscavir (800) 488-3247 Bayer - Pharmaceutical Bayer Indigent Patient Program Most Bayer Prescription Products (800) 998-9180 Boehringer Ingelheim Partner in Health Alupent Atrovent Catapres-TTS Mexitil Serentil (800) 556-8317
  7. Aventis Indigent Patient Program All prescription products except, Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater and Tenuate (800) 221-4025
  8. Aventis Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-445-4774
  9. Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Program Many Bristol-Meyers Squibb Pharmaceutical Products (800) 736-0003
  10. Celgene Corporation Patient Assistance Program Thalomid 1-888-423-5436 option 3
  11. Ciba Pharmaceuticals Patient Support Program Many Ciba Products (800) 257-3273
  12. Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals,908-277-5849;
  13. Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Program All non-controlled Prescription Products (800) 474-2762
  14. Fisions Pharmaceuticals Indigent Access Program Intal Tilade (610) 454-8110
  15. Fujisawa USA, Inc Indigent Patient Program NebuPent (847) 317-8874 or (847) 317-8617
  16. G.D. Searle & Company, 1-800-242-7041;
  17. Genentech, Inc. Uninsured Patient Assistance Program Actmmune Actvase Protropin Nutropin (800)879-4747
  18. Gilead Sciences, Inc. Gilead Sciences Support Services Vistide (800) 445-3235
  19. Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-452-9677
  20. Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. Patient Assistance Program All Glaxo Wellcome Prescription Products (800) 722-9294
  21. ICI Pharmaceuticals, 1-302-886-2231
  22. Janssen Pharmaceutica Patient Assistance Program All Jansen's prescription products (800) 544-2987
  23. Knoll Pharmaceutical Company Indigent Patient Program Isoptin Rhyhmol Collagenase Santyl Synthroid Write to: Knoll Indigent Patient Program Knoll Pharmaceutical Company 3000 Contenental Drive, North Mount Olive, NJ 07828-1234 Att: Telemarketing
  24. Knoll Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-524-2474
  25. Lederile Laboratories Partners in Patient Care, Assistance Program Most Prescription Drugs (703) 706-5933
  26. Lederle Laboratories, 1-800-533-3753
  27. Lilly and Company: Lilly Cares Most Lilly prescription products (800) 545-6962 for Gemzar call (888) 443-6927
  28. The Liposome Company Financial Asststance Program for Abelect Abelcet (800) 335-5467
  29. McNeil Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program All prescription products (800) 281-5192
  30. McNeil Pharmaceuticals, 1-215-628-5297
  31. Merck Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceuticals, 1-215-540-8600
  32. Merck Human Health Patient Assistance Program Most Merck products (800) 994-2111 for Crixivan call (800) 850-3430
  33. MGI PHARMA, INC. Patient Assistance Program Salagen* Tablets (5 mg. pilocarpine hydrochloride tablets) 888-743-5711
  34. Miles, Inc. Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-468-0894
  35. Novartis Patient Assistance Program Call for information 1-800-257-3273
  36. Ortho-Biotech Inc. Financial Assistance Program Procrit Leustatin (800) 553-3851
  37. Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp. Patient Assistance Program All prescription products (800) 281-5192
  38. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. Patient Assistance Program Doxepin Fluphenazine Haloperidol Megestrol 1-800-828-9393, ext.774
  39. Parke-Davis Patient Assistance Program Accupril Cognex Dilantin Loestrin Neurontin Zarontin (908) 725-1247
  40. Pasteur Merieux Connaught Indigent Patient Program Imovax Imogam TheraCys (800) 822-2463
  41. Pfizer, Inc, 1-212-573-3954
  42. Pfizer Inc. Pfizer Prescription Assistance Most Pfizer products (800) 646-4455 for Diflucan and Zitromax call (800) 868-9979 For certain Pfizer single-source products call Sharing the Care (800) 984-1500 In Arkansas call The Arkansas Heath Care Access Foundation at (800) 950-8233 or (501) 221-3033 In Kentucky call Kentucky Health Care Access Foundation at (800) 633-8100 or (502) 244-4214 In S. Corolina call Commun-I-Care at (800) 763-0059 or (803) 779-4875
  43. Pfizer, Inc. Most Pfizer prescription drugs are available, including: Aricept, Diglucan, Glucotrol/Glucotrol XL, Lipitor, Neurontin, Norvasc, Procardia XL, Procardia, Viagra, Zithromax, Zoloft, Zyrtec. (Accurate as of January, 2002). Pfizer Share Card allows patients to obtain these and other prescription medications for $15 per month.
  44. Pharmacia and Upjohn Prescription Medication Assistance Program Most prescription products For Self-Administered products call (800) 242-7014 For Non Self-Administered products call (800) 366-5570
  45. Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc. Patient Assistance Program Asacol Dantrium Didronel Macrodantin Macrobid (800) 448-4878
  46. Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Inc. Indigent Access Program Most prescription products (610) 454-8110
  47. Roche Laboratories, 1-800-526-6327
  48. Roche Laboratories Roche Medical Needs Program Most Roche and former Syntex product line (800) 285-4484
  49. Roxane Laboratories, Inc Patient Assistance Program Marinol Oramorph Roxanol Roxicodone Viramune (800) 274-8651
  50. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-447-6673
  51. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp. Patient Assistance Program Clozaril Neoral Sanimmune Sandoglobulin Sandostatin Parodel (800) 999-6673
  52. Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals Needy Patient Program Most of their product line (800) 446-6267
  53. Schering Labs / Key Pharmaceuticals Commitment to Care Most Schering/Key prescription drugs (800) 656-9485
  54. Searle Patients in Need Many of the prescription drugs 800-242-7041
  55. Serono Laboratories, Inc. Helping Hand Program Metrodin Fertinex Serostim (617) 982-9000
  56. SmithKline Beecham, 1-215-751-5760 and 1-800-866-6273
  57. SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals Access to Care Program Most of their product line (800) 546-0420 for Oncology products call (800) 699-3806
  58. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Patient Assistance Program Most of their product line (800) 788-9277
  59. 3M Pharmaceuticals Ingigent Patient Pharmaceutical Program Most drug products (800) 328-0255
  60. TAP Pharmaceuticals Ingigent Patient Pharmaceutical Program Prevacid 800-453-8438
  61. Wyeth Ayerst, 1-215-971-5604
  62. Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Norplant Foundation Norplant (703) 706-5933
  63. Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program Most of their product line (800) 424-3727
  64. If you are aware of any additional companies that can be added to this list, please contact us.

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    1. "Cardiovascular Drugs for the Medically Indigent," Heart Disease and Stroke, American Heart Association Publication, May/June 1992.
    2. 1992 Directory of Perscription Drug Indigent Programs, Aug, 1992. Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Publication.
    3. Report of the Task Force on the Availability of Cardiovascular Drugs to the Medically Indigent. Circulation 1992 (Feb);85(2)#71-0012.


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