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Help for Patients

The costs of cancer treatment can quickly become overwhelming, even if you have medical insurance. Patient assistance programs are offered by various companies, nonprofits and government agencies to help patients with little or no insurance get access to drugs and money for other expenses.

If you’re interested in enrolling in a patient assistance program, you must first gather information, usually from your doctor or the maker of the specific drug you’re taking for which you need assistance. A doctor must be involved in the process because the physician writes the prescription for the medication.

Many patient assistance applications will require proof of income, including tax returns, social security income, interest and retirement to prove financial burden and to meet income requirements. Faxing the information often speeds up the process. In addition to many state governments, numerous organizations provide information on patient assistance programs, including the ones listed below.

Amgen Reimbursement Connection



For patients who are uninsured or underinsured and who have limited financial resources; based on insured status and income level. Drugs in this program include Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) and Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim).

Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation



Established to provide temporary assistance to patients with financial hardship who generally have no private prescription drug insurance and are not enrolled in a prescription drug coverage plan through Medicaid or any other federal, state or local health program.



www.cancercare.org/get_help/ assistance

CancerCare’s financial assistance program provides limited grants for certain expenses related to treatment.

Genentech’s Single Point of Contact



[Avastin Expenditure Cap: 800-232-2717]

A reimbursement resource for Genentech products that provides information to patients and their health care providers.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Commitment to Access



Provides outpatient medications to eligible low-income patients who do not have prescription drug benefits.

Lilly Cares



Provides temporary assistance to patients obtaining Lilly or Dista medication.

Merck's ACT Program


www.emend.com/aprepitant/emend/consumer ... is_act.jsp

ACT is a two-part program specifically designed to assist insured patients with insurance reimbursement issues, and to provide product support for those qualified individuals lacking coverage for Emend® (aprepitant).

Partnership for Prescription Assistance



Offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs.

Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief



Provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients to enable them to afford co-payments required by their insurance. Offers personal service to all patients through call counselors.

Pfizer’s FirstRESOURCE



FirstRESOURCE provides products to eligible, low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients.

RxAssist and Rx Outreach Patient Assistance Programs


Offers assistance to patients without prescription drug coverage who meet income requirements.

Rx Hope



Offers information on assistance programs from various pharmaceutical companies; offers an Assistance Finder, which matches patient information against available federal, state and charitable prescription drug programs.

Sanofi-Aventis’s PACT Plus



Offers reimbursement services and patient assistance programs for most products including Taxotere® (doxetaxel) and Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin injection).

Schering-Plough’s Commitment to Care Program


www.schering-plough.com/schering_plough ... t_care.jsp

Provides free cancer medications through patient assistance programs to people with low incomes who do not have prescription drug coverage.

Together Rx Access



Assistance for patients who are ineligible for Medicare, have no prescription drug coverage and meet household income and age requirements.

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