From Chronic Pain — Ellen & Stuart Smith: How to Lower the Cost of your Medications
Here’s the Arthritis Foundation guide to prescription co-pay support and financial assistance for specific arthritis drugs.
Most drug companies have more than one program to help relieve the cost of their arthritis-related medications, typically one that covers co-payments at the pharmacy and a second to help uninsured or financially struggling patients.
Look up your drug by name. You’ll find a brief overview of each program. For full and up-to-date information, visit the program website or call the help line. If you don’t find a program for your medication here, ask at the doctor’s office. Some assistance programs require doctors to apply on behalf of their patients.
Patient Assistance Programs (listed in alphabetical order by drug brand name)
Here are some of the drugs covered:
- Celebrex (celecoxib)
- Duexis (ibuprofen/famotidine),
- Enbrel (etanercept),
- Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride)
- Otrexup (methotrexate),
- Rasuvo (methotrexate)
- Remicade (infliximab)
- Ultracet (tramadol HCL/acetaminophen),
- Ultram and Ultram ER (tramadol HCL)
- Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium topical gel)
Here’s the Arthritis Foundation guide to private and government programs that help with the cost of Medicare Part D coverage and Medicare prescriptions.
Private Programs and Resources – 2 programs
Government Programs and Resources – 4 programs
Below are some resources for financial assistance. To learn more and get the most up-to-date information about any of these resources, visit the websites or call the numbers listed.
Health care professionals have access to some resources that patients don’t. Professionals apply on behalf of their patients.
General Prescription Assistance – 9 programs
Private Medicare Prescription Assistance – 2 programs
Medicare Rights Center This private organization helps people in need who are on Medicare find financial assistance through such programs as Medicare Part D Extra Help, a federal program that helps pay Medicare prescription drug costs.
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