Sanofi connects low income families that have limited or poor health insurance policies to free medications. The program is known as the Patient Assistance Connection. Sanofi is one of the world's largest drug companies, and while many different medications can be provided for free to eligible patients, a focus is on assisting patients with diabetes.
The program is run using grants from the Sanofi Foundation for North America. The goal is to help ensure that families with an income up to 500% of the current Federal Poverty Level can get the prescription drugs they need. Even if Sanofi can't assist, they will refer families to other medical providers.
The company has many lines of products. They include for sleeping problems, a wide range of insulin, and also on-oncology/non-hematology. A major focus is on helping people with diabetes though. All of the prescription drugs manufactured by the corporation are eligible for distribution. However the applicant will always need to meet the income as well as other restrictions in place.
Some of the terms and conditions of the Sanofi Patient Connection include the following. First of all the applicant needs to be a resident of the US. A doctor and/or pharmacist must be caring for the person as well, and there needs to be a valid prescription issued. This information will be verified within 2 days of applying.
Not only are their income requirements in place (which may be anywhere from 250% up to 500% of the Federal Poverty Level), but the applicant also needs to be uninsured. Or maybe they have some form of health insurance, but it does not provide coverage to the needed Sanofi product. There may also be some help for individuals that are enrolled into Medicare Part D.
Low income families on Medicaid will not be eligible. The only exception may be if there is some reason that the government entitlement program will not pay for the prescription drug. While that is rare, that may be one instance in which the Sanofi Patient Assistance Connection can assist.
The list below is what may be available. The quantity provided will be limited. The Sanofi Patient Assistance Connection program also involves close partnership with the doctor or pharmacist as well. In fact, the healthcare provider or doctor needs to prescribe the medication, dispense it to the applicant, and they also need to be involved in ongoing administration of the product.
It is a time limited program as well. The assistance will only be provided for several months up to one year. Some patients may be more limited in the time-frame. At the end of the Patient Assistance Connection, the beneficiary will need to reapply. At that point in time there will also be another review of their financial situation, including income and insurance status. So the program will run from year to year.
For more information or to request an application, dial 1-888-847-4877. As noted above if the applicant is not qualified for the Sanofi Patient Assistance Connection, the company (or the patient's doctor) will try to provide information on other resource.
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