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.

Each drug assistance program has certain requirements that have to 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 down this information for each drug you take:

  • 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

All the programs will make you complete an application form, and most will require information from your doctor. Step-by-step advice on how to do all of this is in If You're Planning to Apply for Drug Assistance .

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

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