Monday, April 30, 2018

On our 13th anniversary, PPA would like to thank the 13 sponsors who put the “partner” in Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

Since the launch of the program in 2005, each of these organizations has gone the distance to assist patients in need of affordable access to medicine.


In alphabetical order, our partners are: 


AbbVie is a research-driven biopharmaceutical company focusing on discovering, developing and delivering therapies that have a positive impact on people’s lives and society, especially in the therapeutic areas of Immunology, Oncology, Neuroscience and Virology. For patients experiencing financial difficulties, AbbVie offers several different programs that may be able to provide its medicines at no cost. Learn more about AbbVie’s patient assistance programs.

“PPA is an important resource to help eligible people find assistance programs that enable them to get the medicine that they need.” - Thad Smith, Director, Patient Access Programs, AbbVie

Amgen® Safety Net Foundation is an independent nonprofit patient assistance program, sponsored by Amgen® that provides qualifying patients who are uninsured or the insurance plan excludes the Amgen medicine with access to that medicine at no cost. Amgen is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. Amgen is a values-based company, deeply rooted in science and innovation to transform new ideas and discoveries into medicines for patients with serious illnesses. Learn more about Amgen Safety Net Foundation.

Astellas Pharma Support Solutions offers access and reimbursement support to help patients and their healthcare providers overcome challenges to accessing Astellas products. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. Learn more about Astellas’s patient assistance program.


The Bayer Patient Assistance Program provides medication for those in need, who have no prescription drug coverage and limited financial resources. All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about Bayer’s patient assistance programs.

Over its history, the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation has donated medicine valued at a total of $2.7 billion to patients in need through its Patient Assistance and Product Donation Programs. The programs support the Foundation’s mission to improve patient lives and strengthen communities. Learn more about the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation’s patient assistance programs.

Celgene Patient Support® is a single source for access support. Our specialists are committed to helping patients get their prescribed Celgene medications. No matter what type of insurance a patient has, a Celgene Patient Support® Specialist can assist with accessing the Celgene medications that have been prescribed. Patients and healthcare providers will speak to the same Specialist every time they call. Enrollment is simple, visit to learn more. ​Learn more about Celgene’s patient assistance program.

The Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (JJPAF) reflects Johnson & Johnson’s long-standing commitment to helping patients access medicines. The JJPAF is an independent, non-profit organization that is committed to helping eligible patients without insurance coverage receive prescription products donated by Johnson & Johnson operating companies. For individuals who meet certain requirements and live in the United States or a U.S. Territory, over 35 prescription products are available. Learn more about JJPAF’s patient assistance programs.

“The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps uninsured and underinsured patients find programs that provide prescription medicines, through a free online service that’s confidential and easy to use.” - Kimberly Wortman, Vice President Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation

Lilly is driven by the mission to “make medicines that help people live longer, healthier, more active lives.” A separate nonprofit organization, The Lilly Cares Foundation, Inc., (“Lilly Cares”), may be able to assist qualifying patients in obtaining certain Lilly medications at no cost. Lilly Cares has helped nearly 1 million patients obtain the medicines they need in the last five years alone. Learn more about the Lilly Cares patient assistance program.

Merck is a biopharmaceutical company primarily focusing on delivering medicines, vaccines and animal health products that save and improve lives around the world.  The Merck Patient Assistance Program provides its medicines and adult vaccines for free to people who do not have prescription drug or health insurance coverage and who, without assistance, cannot afford their Merck medicine and vaccines. This is consistent with Merck's long-held values and traditions of putting patients first. Learn more about the Merck Patient Assistance Program.

“For me, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is a true partner which helps extend our reach across the nation to underserved individuals who are looking for access help to obtain the medications they need but can’t afford. Through their user-friendly website, patients find the right help they need quickly and easily. There is no wonder that the PPA has assisted millions of patients. As a sponsoring company, I am overly appreciative for how PPA shares with us up-to-date information and provides insights on current regulation and landscape changes, so we can ensure the patient assistance programs we offer are meeting the right needs of individuals. I am very grateful for the dedication and oversight of the PPA. The team works tirelessly for the sponsors and the patients, to ensure individuals find the medications they need for free or nearly free through the patient assistance programs that are right for them.” – Marilyn Mainardi, Associate Director, Merck PAP Access Programs

Novartis is a global healthcare company with a mission to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. For uninsured and underinsured patients facing financial difficulties, The Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (NPAF) may be able to help provide Novartis medications for free if patients meet certain eligibility requirements. Learn more about The Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation.

At Pfizer, we believe that the cost of prescription medicines should never stand in the way of an individual’s ability to treat his or her health conditions. That’s why for over three decades we have been empowering patients in need with assistance and information so they can get access to the Pfizer medicines prescribed by their healthcare provider. Today, the assistance Pfizer offers to people in the US, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands is coordinated through Pfizer RxPathways® -- a service that connects eligible patients to a range of programs that offer insurance support, co-pay help, Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings, and more. Learn more about the Pfizer RxPathways® patient assistance program.

“PPA is an excellent resource for patients who need help getting access to the medicines prescribed by their healthcare providers. While some patients will contact Pfizer directly for assistance, many patients do not know who manufactures their medicine, so they turn to PPA as a “one stop shop” for all their prescription assistance needs. Additionally, we refer many patients to PPA if they contact us directly looking for help with medicines that are not made by Pfizer. There is a lot of help available to patients in need, and PPA does a great job connecting patients to all the current resources.” – Gary Pelletier, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility

Sanofi Patient Connection™ supports and assists patients in the U.S., helping connect them to insurance options, services, and in some cases, medicine at no cost. The program has assisted more than 1 million beneficiaries since it was launched in 2012.  The program’s Patient Assistance Connection may be able to help qualifying patients obtain medication at no cost if they meet program eligibility requirements. This component of the program is made possible through the Sanofi Cares North America. Learn more about Sanofi Patient Connection™.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A, Inc. mission is to strive towards better health and a brighter future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Takeda’s Help At Hand program provides assistance for people who have no insurance or who do not have enough insurance, and need help getting their Takeda medicines. Learn more about Takeda’s Help At Hand program.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance thanks our sponsors for helping expand access to life-saving medicines to patients without insurance, or without sufficient insurance coverage, over the last 13 years.


If you or someone you love struggles with affordable access to medicines, there are resources available that may be able to help: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free prescription medicines. For more information, visit