No one LIKES to take pills!  

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.  The key word is "shop, shop, shop" for the best prices for each medication.

Prices can range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars for the same medicine!

Compare prices regularly! 

For example, today Walgreens has Mepron for $750.  

The same medication at Publix is $1,483.

Below are web sites for patient assistance programs to help you obtain discount or free prescription 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 the list below is not an endorsement of these sites or programs.  This is simply a resource to try to make it easier for you to get medications for you, your child or your pet.  

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 it for you for a fee.  More Information Here...

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New website, 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.  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 memberships involved. 

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If you have a local Wal-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.  

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, Price Chopper Supermarket and ShopRite Markets offer free antibiotics. Wegmans offers some free antibiotics and $4 & $10 generic drugs.   Harris Teeter also offers generic medications at a reduced price.  

Special offers can change at any time, so please check each site and the stores in your area before purchasing new prescriptions or refilling any medications.

Free or Reduced Priced Medication Programs



Specific Drugs & Manufacturers

Brand Name Manufacturer/Program Name Program Phone number
Abilify Abilify Assist Hotline
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
(888) 922-4543
Clozapine (generic) Teva Pharmaceuticals (800) 507-8334
Clozaril Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
Concerta Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
Cymbalta Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
Depakote Abbvie (800) 222-6885
Effexor XR Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical (866) 706-2400
Fanapt Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800)277-2254
Geodon Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical (866) 706-2400
Haldol; Haldol Decanoate Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
Intuniv Shire Care Patient Assistance and Support (888) 227-3755
Invega; Invega Sustenna Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
Lamictal GlaxoSmithKline Patient Assistance Program (888) 825-5249
Latuda Sunovion Patient Assistance Program (877) 850-0819
Pristiq Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation (866) 706-2400
Prozac Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
Remeron Merck Patient Assistance Program (800)727-5400
Risperdal; Risperdal Consta Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
Saphris Merck Patient Assistance Program (800) 727-5400
Seroquel; Seroquel XR AstraZeneca Prescription Savings Program (800) 292-6363
Strattera Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
Symbyax Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
Tegretol Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
Topamax Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
Trileptal Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
Viibryd Forest Pharmaceuticals (800) 851-0758
Vyvanse Shire Care Patient Assistance and Support (888) 227-3755
Wellbutrin GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access Program (866) 728-4368
Zyprexa Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783

Last Updated- July 2018

Prepared by Lucy Barnes

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