NeedyMeds is a non-profit organization and a great resource for people to turn to in order to get information about a wide range of patient assistance programs (PAPs). NeedyMeds is focused on making information about medical assistance programs available to those in need at no cost.
PAPs (Patient Assistance Programs) are assistance programs that provide free or heavily discounted prescription medicine to people who are underinsured or uninsured and who meet the necessary program guidelines. Applicants will normally need to be considered low to moderate income as well in order to receive benefits from a PAP. Most of the free medicines are provided directly by the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the prescription drugs.
NeedyMeds has been helping people find free or discounted prescription medication since its founding in 1997. They have over 400 programs and companies that they work with in their ongoing effort to help those in need with their medical bills. They also have over 4,000 drugs and dosages that people may be eligible for reaching for free. If someone does not qualify for a free program, the medications may often be offered at a low price. Over the years they have developed strong relationships with many of these drug companies, and many experts consider NeedyMeds the premier place to turn to when a patient needs to access free medications.
Many drug companies are committed to providing assistance to those in need, and they rely upon NeedyMeds and other patient assistance programs to provide spread the word on their resources and provide other help.
Many experts agree that the non-profit organization NeedyMeds has the most comprehensive and reliable database of patient assistance programs available. They are usually considered the number one resource for information. All the information they provide is free to consumers and patients, it is updated regularly, and it is easy to access. There is no registration process or need for users to enter any personal information, and no cost to users to access the information.
The company is also involved in providing savings to patients. There is the prescription discount card program (see below for more details) and they also work with pharmaceutical manufacturers to distribute coupons or other savings to those that need help. The non-profit is a leading organization to contact for information on patient assistance programs, financial assistance, savings, and other resources for your health care needs.
The company is also involved in offering discount drug cards to families and individuals across the country. The NeedyMeds card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies and retailers in all states. It is available for individuals who lack health insurance or that have inadequate coverage. Or someone that is fully insured may also decide to use it in lieu of any insurance and they may receive savings as well.
There is no cost to apply for the card or to use it. The application process is quick and simple and it can even be downloaded directly off their site.
In order to use it, the card just needs to be presented to a participating pharmacist when you are placing your order for the medication. While the savings will vary greatly based on the type of medication needed (whether it is generic or brand name), the state where someone lives, the retailer or pharmacy that you shop at and other factors, some customer have saved up to 80% on their medical costs from using the NeedyMeds discount prescription drug card.
Visit www.needymeds.org to learn more or find programs in your area.
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