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If you are struggling to pay for your medications, first, seek out help through pharmaceutical patient assistance programs. This option should be explored before applying for assistance through the Clinic of Angels.

You should determine if your prescribed medication is generic or branded.  You can find this information on the internet, at your physician’s office, or from your pharmacist.

Generic means the medication is no longer under patent and is produced by multiple manufacturers.  Generic medications are usually less expensive than branded medications but shop around because prices vary.  There may be a significant difference in price among pharmacies.

Branded means the medication is still under patent and is only produced by one company.  Most branded medications have patient assistance programs provided by the pharmaceutical manufacturer for the uninsured or underinsured patients who lack financial resources.  Your pharmacist can tell you which pharmaceutical company manufactures your medication or you can search the internet.

Search the internet for both the name of the medication and the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the medication.  The pharmaceutical company may provide a coupon or voucher that can help with your co-pay if you have private insurance.

Most pharmaceutical companies have a link to their patient assistance programs or their website.   Usually you can begin the application process by calling a stated phone number or by downloading and printing an application from their website. Once the application is complete you can usually fax or mail the application.

Each pharmaceutical company has their own requirements for providing patient assistance.  You may be asked to provide income information such as your recent federal tax return as well as a prescription from your physician.  Most patients without insurance and with limited incomes qualify for patient assistance programs.  Examples include family size, the product you are taking, and other special circumstances.  Some medications are available through a retail pharmacy card and some medications may be shipped directly to your healthcare provider’s office. Not all products have the same eligibility criteria so you could potentially be eligible to receive one product but not another.