Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

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Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

The American Cancer Society understands that prescription drugs can cost a lot, especially those used to treat cancer. We are committed to helping people find ways to get the prescription drugs they need at prices they can manage.

People can often get help with the cost of their medicines from public and private programs. Some of these programs have options for buying drugs at discounted prices. Others help people who cannot afford any part of their medicine costs.

To help you find the best options for getting your medicine, we’ve spoken to pharmacists and drug companies and searched the Internet for reliable information. There are drug assistance programs for people who:

  • Need financial help
  • Are age 55 or older
  • Have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
  • Have no prescription drug coverage and live on a limited income
  • Have insurance
  • Want to find out more about Medicaid
  • Want to save money on prescription drugs
  • Want to buy drugs online

All of these programs have certain requirements that must be met. You’ll need to give them some basic information, including the exact names of the drugs you take. You might need to tell them the dose (how much medicine is in each pill and how many you take at a time) and how often you take it, so be sure you know that too. Ask your doctor or nurse to write this down for you before you begin.

You will also need to give information about yourself and your finances. All the programs will make you complete an application form, and most will require information from your doctor. We give you step-by-step advice on how to do all of this in the section called “If you are planning to apply for drug assistance.”


Last Medical Review: 10/18/2013
Last Revised: 11/05/2013