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Resources for free or low cost prescription drugs


There are several resources that may assist you in getting low cost or free prescription drugs. Depending on your individual needs you may try anyone or a combination of the following:

Patient Assistance Programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that you can find the information you need all in one place. Visit their website at: www.rxassist.org

Your Doctor’s Office receives many free samples from pharmaceutical representatives. If your doctor prescribes a onetime use drug – ask him if he can provide you with samples rather than having to get a prescription filled. If the drug will need to be used over a longer period of time let him know you are uninsured and/or need help paying for your drugs and he may be able to contact the drug company for you directly or change your medication to a lower cost drug.

Pharmacy Discount Programs such as Walmart, Meijer, Target, and Kroger have commonly prescribed drugs which they offer for $5 or less, sometimes even free. Call the store pharmacy directly to see if what you need is available there or to get a complete list of drugs that can be purchased this way.

Discount Drug Cards can be used to purchase all FDA approved medicines at participating pharmacies. Anyone in your family can use them.  You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance does not pay for. Familywize offers a discount drug card. The card is endorsed by United Way. Participating pharmacies in our area include: Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kroger, and Sam’s Club. You may call 1-800-222-2818 for more information or go to www.familywize.org .

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