Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

Prescription drugs can cost a lot, especially those used to treat cancer. The American Cancer Society is 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 people to buy drugs at discounted prices. Others help people who can’t 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 55 or older
  • Have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
  • Have no prescription drug coverage and live on a limited income
  • Have insurance
  • Have income levels low enough to qualify for Medicaid
  • Want to save money on prescription drugs
  • Want to buy drugs online

These drug assistance programs are all different, and each has certain requirements that must be met. You’ll need to give them information, including the exact names of the drugs you take. Before you start, ask your doctor or nurse to write this down for each drug:

  • Name of drug
  • Dose (how much medicine is in each pill, or how much liquid you use at a time)
  • How many pills (or how much liquid) you take at a time
  • How often you take it

You’ll 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 Applying for a Patient Drug Assistance Program.

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Last Medical Review: October 28, 2014 Last Revised: November 13, 2014

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