Many PAPs have been organized in the past ten years. However, two date back to the 1950s, one was formed in the 60’s, two were formed in the 70’s, and two started in the 80’s.
Generally, a patient assistance program provides prescription medicines to patients who do not have prescription drug coverage or who are underinsured through either private and/or government health plans.
Each individual pharmaceutical company Patient Assistance Program has its own eligibility criteria and application process.
Government, industry and other groups have also formulated assistance plans based on a wide variety of eligibility requirements. These programs are searched through RxForLongBeach.com.
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, care-givers and patients are encouraged to click on any of the following sites to apply for free
or low-cost prescription drugs:
The pharmaceutical industry provides medicines free of charge to patients who might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines.To make it easier for patients and physicians to find information about company-sponsored programs, PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, put together a directory of programs in 1992 to provide all company program information in one place. Each individual company sponsoring a Patient Assistance Program(s) is listed on:
RxforLongBeach.com via HelpingPatients.org and RXHope.org.
Each pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program determines the eligibility criteria for its program; eligibility criteria and the application processes vary.
Basic eligibility criteria generally involve income requirements, family size, and status of insurance coverage for prescription drugs.