No one LIKES to take pills! 

Or To Have to Deal With IV Meds & Picc Lines Either! 

But, if you MUST take medications and do not have insurance, or your insurer decides not to pay for your prescriptions, what do you do?  If you are willing to do your "homework" there are places to contact that may help you obtain needed medications for less money or even for free.  

Some pharmacies offer and/or accept discount coupons and/or have special lists of reduced priced medications (all on list are $4).  There is also a list below with information on finding and learning more (self-help guides) about IV medications and administering them. 

First Thing To Remember...

Compare Prices Regularly! 

For example...

Today Walgreens has Mepron for $750  

The same medication at Publix is $1,483.

Another example...

Walgreens has clarithromycin today for $47

CVS Pharmacy has it for $42

The same medication at Walmart is $27

And at Sam's Club (with a membership) it is $10

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From your phone dial 2-1-1.  They can assist you by sharing information on where to get free or reduced price medications in your area.  Each calling area has its own specific resources based on the location, so you need to call from your home location.

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Always Ask When Calling Pharmacies...

"Is this your lowest price?"
You might be surprised to find it wasn't the lowest price, 
But you MUST ask to get the lower price!
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A 90 Day Supply of Medications (vs. 30 day supply) 
Might Save You Money 
Generics Might Be Less Expensive
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International Sources For Medications
Pharmacy  Compare prices on medications sold in Canada and internationally.  The site also has a search button near the bottom of the page so you can check some of the prices for that medication in the USA.  If you don't see your medication on the main list, click at the bottom of each lettered section ("A", "B", "C", etc.) where it says "More".

Canada - Discount prescriptions.

The Canadian Pharmacy - Order online prescription drugs thru the website, or by fax or phone. 

Potential Savings

BLINK HEALTH-  - allows you to pay online then go to your pharmacy to pick up your medications at a "lower price" or in some cases they are free.  The total cost may be lower than your standard co-pays, just tell pharmacist to use BLINK HEALTH instead of your insurance if that is the case. First time customers get a $5.00 off coupon to use in addition to the other savings. No membership is required.

Doxycycline Discount CouponsSave Up To 79% on Prescription

ProgressiveRX- Savings on medications for people and pets.

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Find A Medical Marijuana Prescribing Doctor

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Information For Reducing Costs

Below are web sites for patient assistance programs to help you obtain discount prescription drugs or free drugs. Some are specifically for those with a low income (some consider low income to be in the $40,000.00 range).  

There are also websites below for purchasing supplements, over-the-counter meds and even pet medications at a lower cost than most stores offer.  

The inclusion of any link on this page is not an endorsement of these sites or programs. This is simply a resource to try to make it easier for you to get your medications.

NOTICE- The maker of VSL#3 probiotic offers assistance program for ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch patients. To apply for assistance or contact a representative with questions about the program, patients call 1‑877‑279‑2459.   Article Here 

Mepron Patient Assistance Plan
(Reports from patients about this program have been very good!)

Drug Name: Mepron
Manufacturer: GSK
Program Name: GSK Bridges to Access 
Income Limits (family size of one – family size of two): $27,075 - $36,425; for larger family contact RX Access for Income Limits 
How Dispensed: Pharm card

Additional Mepron PAP Program Guideline Information:
There is also a program for patients on Medicare Plan D. The patient must provide proof that he/she has spent $600 or more for prescription medicines since January 1 and provide a copy of the Medicare Plan D ID card. A pharmacy card will be mailed to use at any pharmacy at no cost.

If you feel you need assistance with the Mepron Patient Assistance Program's paperwork (it isn't difficult for most) you may want to check this site.  They will do the paperwork for you for a fee.  More Information Here

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Low Cost or Free 
Antibiotics & Other Medications

If you have a local Winn DixieWal-Mart, Target Store or Giant Eagle Supermarket please see their Discount Prescription Plans that offer a 30 day supply of certain medications for $4.00, or a 90 day supply for $10.00. 

Sam's Club has medications like Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Clarithromycin, Levofloxacin, Minocycline, Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Azithromyacin and many more on their  Extra Value Drug List.  Doses and duration may not be exactly what you need, however you can get what is available thru the program and pay extra if necessary (above the standard $4.00 price).  Here is their current list of free or reduced priced medications

Walgreens has a 'Valued-Priced Medication List' with over 700 medications at discounted prices.  Publix Pharmacy offers free antibiotics (2 wk. supply) and one free month of Metformin along with other specials.  

United Supermarkets and Price Chopper Supermarkets offer free antibiotics.  
Wegmans offers some free antibiotics and $4 & $10 generic drugs.  Harris Teeter offers generic medications at a reduced price too.  See links below.

UPDATE- April 2017- CVS announces its new cost saving program to begin in May 2017.  See link in list below for more information.

UPDATE- January 2018- Publix announces new discount program for patients in which certain medications will only cost $7.50 for a 90 day supply.  More information here.

Special offers like those above can change at any time.
Please check each site and the stores in your area before purchasing 
New prescriptions or refilling any medications.

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Free or Reduced Priced 
Medication Programs

Needy Meds 

For more information call (978) 865-4115

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Call center (888) 477-2669

RX Assist

Together RX     

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How To Get Free Prescription Medications

Purchasing Drugs From Foreign Countries

How To Buy Medicines From Foreign Pharmacies

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Coupons & Discount Cards

Mepron and other medications- up to 75% off

Antibiotics- up to 75% off


Medicare Discount Drug Card


GoodRX Coupons

Internet Drug Coupons  

Refund Sweeper

OCuSOFT- Eye Products

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We Have An App For That!

ITunes App

[To find the lowest local prices for your prescriptions.]  

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IV Infusion Pharmacies & Supplies

Infusion & Compounding Pharmacy Specializing in Lyme Disease Treatment
Reported by patients to have better prices for supplies and medications

Explains the basics like flushing, dressing changes, capping lines, infusing IV, etc.

Methyl B12, IV, Transdermal, Sublingual, etc.

Concierge IV Vitamin Therapy- They Come To You- (Washington DC area)

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Glutathione Information 

Supplements & Herbal Medications

Helpful Hint- Go to the Price Drop website and type in the name of your supplement. They will quickly show where the lowest price is for that item. For most items a substantial savings was seen. Price Drop Website- Click Here

Helpful Hint- Check E-Bay for supplements. Some sellers also offer free shipping and prices are usually very good.  E-Bay Website- Click Here

NOTICE- The maker of VSL#3 probiotic offers assistance program for ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch patients. To apply for assistance or contact a representative with questions about the program, patients call 1‑877‑279‑2459.   Article Here 

Popular Sites For Lower Cost Supplements


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Medication Information- NIH Library
You can check for medications WITHOUT certain ingredients. 

Daily Meds- site is located here It is another site for checking medications.  

This is what I was told about calling manufacturers for information on ingredients:  "You will likely get better info on the government sites than calling the company. 

Manufacturers have to file accurate ingredient lists with the government, but can put vague ingredients on the packaging like modified food starch. 

Type in the words "professional information on" or "prescribing information" and the name of the drug to see the information that your doctors see- the most complete information without writing the company.

(Thanks to Lymetoo for this helpful information above.)

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Specific Drugs & Manufacturers
Patient Assistance Programs

Brand NameManufacturer/Program NameProgram Phone number
AbilifyAbilify Assist Hotline
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
(888) 922-4543
Clozapine (generic)Teva Pharmaceuticals(800) 507-8334
ClozarilNovartis Patient Assistance Now(800) 277-2254
ConcertaJohnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation(800) 652-6227
CymbaltaEli Lilly and Company(855) 559-8783
DepakoteAbbvie(800) 222-6885
Effexor XRWyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical(866) 706-2400
FanaptNovartis Patient Assistance Now(800)277-2254
GeodonWyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical(866) 706-2400
Haldol; Haldol DecanoateJohnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation(800) 652-6227
IntunivShire Care Patient Assistance and Support(888) 227-3755
Invega; Invega SustennaJohnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation(800) 652-6227
LamictalGlaxoSmithKline Patient Assistance Program(888) 825-5249
LatudaSunovion Patient Assistance Program(877) 850-0819
PristiqPfizer Patient Assistance Foundation(866) 706-2400
ProzacEli Lilly and Company(855) 559-8783
RemeronMerck Patient Assistance Program(800)727-5400
Risperdal; Risperdal ConstaJohnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation(800) 652-6227
SaphrisMerck Patient Assistance Program(800) 727-5400
Seroquel; Seroquel XRAstraZeneca Prescription Savings Program(800) 292-6363
StratteraEli Lilly and Company(855) 559-8783
SymbyaxEli Lilly and Company(855) 559-8783
TegretolNovartis Patient Assistance Now(800) 277-2254
TopamaxJohnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation(800) 652-6227
TrileptalNovartis Patient Assistance Now(800) 277-2254
ViibrydForest Pharmaceuticals(800) 851-0758
VyvanseShire Care Patient Assistance and Support(888) 227-3755
WellbutrinGlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access Program(866) 728-4368
ZyprexaEli Lilly and Company(855) 559-8783


Lucy Barnes  
Last Updated- July 2018