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What do I need to know to apply for a patient drug assistance program?

If you are planning to apply for a Patient Drug Assistance Program, you should  know that each pharmaceutical (drug) company with a Patient Assistance Program sets requirements for its own program. The requirements vary from one company to the next. But in general, you are likely to qualify if:
  • You are not covered by a private insurance plan that pays for your prescription drugs.
  • You do not qualify for any government (state or federal) program that will pay for your prescription drugs.
  • Payment for your prescription drugs at the retail price will cause you a financial hardship.
  • You complete their application process and give the company all the required information.
Some programs allow your doctor to simply write a letter stating that you have a financial hardship. This is where your doctor can play a key role in the application process. 

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