About the Partnership for Prescription Assistance®
What role do health care providers play in PPA?
Health care providers play a crucial role in spreading the word that patients in need can get free or nearly free prescription medicines. Physicians, nurses and other health care providers can also go to www.pparx.org to get information on patient assistance programs. Finally, physicians are responsible for signing patient application forms, adding patient prescription information and, depending on the program, mailing or faxing the application on behalf of the patient.
How long can patients get free or nearly free medication from assistance programs?
Each program available through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance has its own enrollment and renewal requirements. Many programs require patients to reapply yearly. The specifics of each program are included in an information packet, which you will receive when you are matched with a program.
Do I mail my completed applications to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance?
No. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps find eligible programs, but does not process program applications. Read through each application to find where it should be emailed, faxed or mailed.
How does PPA work?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) program was created to make it easier for uninsured and underinsured patients to get free or nearly free prescription medicines through existing patient assistance programs. A patient or patient advocate simply completes our online questionnaire with basic information about prescription medicines, income, and current prescription medicine coverage and PPA matches the patient with assistance programs for which they may be eligible.
Who is involved in PPA?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's biopharmaceutical companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations and civic groups to help low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients get free or nearly free medicines. Learn more about PPA.
Do you have an email newsletter with program updates?
Subscribe to our Email Newsletter to receive information regarding program updates, as well as other health care information.
How do patient prescription programs fit into the existing health care system?
Patient assistance programs have been part of the health care system for many years, providing millions of people with free or nearly free medicines. While these programs are an important safety net for uninsured and underinsured patients, they are not the only solution. It is critical that all partners in the health care industry work to develop more long-term options to increase the access to and affordability of health care for all Americans.
How do I correct information on your site?
Are you hiring?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is not currently hiring, nor do we know about job opportunities at our partners. You are welcome to check the PhRMA Career Center for job opportunities.
Can you help patients with expiring benefit cards or programs?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a clearing house for prescription assistance programs; we do not offer prescription assistance or benefits cards ourselves. Please contact the specific prescription assistance or benefit card program regarding program information and expiration dates..
Can you send program information to my house?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance does not mail applications or other information. However, program applications may be downloaded directly from our site.
Can I advertise on your website?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance does not accept any form of advertising on its website, newsletters or other properties. We also do not purchase or place advertisements on other websites.
I sent you a message requesting assistance. Why did I receive an automated response in return?
The staff at the Partnership for Prescription Assistance reviews each email; unfortunately, HIPPA and other regulations prevent us from providing any assistance via email. The response messages simply confirm that we received and are reviewing your message.
Am I Eligible?
Who qualifies for prescription assistance?
Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria. Complete the online questionnaire to see if you are eligible for one or more patient assistance programs. Please note that there are some instances in which Medicaid beneficiaries may be eligible for patient assistance programs.
Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for prescription assistance?
Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria. Common criteria for prescription assistance programs include:
- Citizenship status
- Household income and size
- Current prescription benefits
Can I have other drug coverage and still qualify for a patient assistance program?
Yes, there may be some patient assistance programs for which you may be eligible.
Can I receive prescription assistance if I live outside the U.S.?
The programs and services listed on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance website are only available to those living in the United States. At this time, we do not know of similar services available in other countries.
Why am I eligible for assistance programs for some medicines, but not others?
The eligibility criteria vary from program to program and may even vary by medicines within a program. Eligibility most commonly depends on factors related to your income, prescription medicines, resident state, age and current prescription drug coverage.
I don't need help now. Can I qualify in advance?
No. Prescription assistance programs are designed to help those who have an immediate need for prescription medication help.
Can I apply to multiple patient assistance programs?
Yes, it is possible to receive assistance from more than one patient assistance program.
What happens once patients are informed that they may be eligible for one or more programs?
Patients who may be eligible for one or more programs will receive application information for each program. In many cases, patients can fill out program application forms online and print out nearly completed forms. Patients then bring the application to their health care provider who must sign the form and include patient prescription information (or simply attach the patient's prescription). The patient or the physician can mail or fax the application to the program's sponsor.
I'm unable to download my applications from your website. What should I do?
If you have trouble opening the PDF applications from our website, please search for your medicines and download the applications individually.
Why do I have to enter my information each time I visit the site?
Due to HIPPA and other privacy regulations, we are unable to store, save or otherwise record patient information on our website.
Why did you turn down my application?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance does not accept, review or evaluate applications ourselves. If you believe you should qualify for a specific program but are deemed ineligible, please contact the program directly.
I’m applying for myself and someone else. Do I fill out one application or two?
Generally, each program requires a unique application from each patient requesting assistance. Please read the program guidelines to determine whether you need to send in separate applications..
How do I use the Get Prescription Help Tool?
The Get Prescription Help Tool (/gethelp) takes you through the PPA application process step-by-step.
How do I get an application?
You can obtain an application through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance program portal. It will gather information needed to determine if you might qualify for an assistance program and provide you with the forms you need to apply.
What is the ZIP file you emailed to me?
If you have chosen to have your program applications emailed to you, the PDF files will be packaged together in a compressed folder commonly known as a "ZIP" file. Windows and Macintosh computers and most mobile devices open ZIP files. To open, view and print the applications from the ZIP folder, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your device. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader free from Adobe at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
What questions will patients have to answer during the questionnaire process?
Patients or patient caregivers should be prepared to provide information regarding:
- State of residence and ZIP code
- Estimated gross annual household income
- Number of people living in household
- Brand name of prescription medicines they are currently taking or have been prescribed
- Type of health insurance and/or prescription coverage (if applicable)
Your responses to these questions are confidential.
How do I open the application files?
I had technical difficulties while printing my application. Does this mean that medical information has been compromised?
I don't have a printer. Can you print and mail the applications to me?
Unfortunately, we cannot print and mail applications. We recommend visiting a public library to print applications.
How long does it take for my application to be processed?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance does not handle or process applications. Contact the assistance program to inquire about the status of your application.
Why haven't I heard back from PPA after providing my credit card information?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a free service. We will never ask for your credit card or other payment information. If someone says they represent PPA and asks for credit card information, payment, or otherwise attempts to sell you a service, this may be a scam. Read more about common scams on our SCAM Alert.
Health Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid
Can Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries qualify for prescription assistance?
Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria. Some programs may provide assistance for Medicare beneficiaries who cannot afford their medicines and who meet financial criteria.
Can the Partnership for Prescription Assistance enroll seniors in the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance cannot enroll seniors in Medicare. However, we do provide seniors with information regarding enrollment.
Prescription Drugs & Medications
Will assistance programs cover my medical devices?
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance does include programs that provide assistance for devices and other health care necessities, such as hearing aids and service dogs. Please review our participating programs to see if your device is included, and follow PPA on Twitter and Facebook for updates regarding newly added assistance programs.
Who do I talk to about program availability?
Because the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is an information resource only, you will need to contact the assistance programs with specific questions. Use our simple search tool to locate programs that may provide assistance with the medicines you need.
Why can't I find programs for my over-the-counter (OTC) medications?
Traditional patient assistance programs are usually not available for over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Drug discount cards are offered by many companies that can help to provide cost-reductions for these medications. View our savings cards for more information.
What drugs are available?
Decisions about which drugs are included in a prescription assistance program are made by the participating biopharmaceutical companies that sponsor the programs. Use our search tool to see if your medications are supported by our program partners.
My medicine wasn't in your search database. What should I do?
Unfortunately, if you do not find your medication on our list, then we do not have assistance program information for it at this time. Please continue to check back for new program information. If you know of a program we should list on our site, please contact us.
What drug companies participate in this program?
There are currently more than 200 different biopharmaceutical companies participating in this program. View the complete list of companies and programs.
How do prescription medicines affect our nation’s health care costs?
In addition to improving overall health outcomes, prescription medicines help reduce spending on other non-drug medical expenses, such as hospitalizations and skilled nursing facility care.
Can you give me information about specific drugs?
The best way to find out about a specific drug is to consult with your doctor or pharmacist. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps connect uninsured and underinsured patients to existing patient assistance programs.
How much will I have to pay for my prescription?
Each patient assistance program has different requirements, depending upon your income and insurance coverage.
How long does it take for qualified patients to get their medicine?
While participating organizations are committed to getting medicines to eligible patients as quickly as possible, each participating assistance program has its own timeline. Patients should call the organization sponsoring the assistance program for more details on when they will receive their medicines.
How do patients receive their medicine?
Depending on the program, the prescription medicines are either sent to the doctor's office or to the patient's home. Some programs send patients a pharmacy card in the mail to get free or nearly free medicines at their local pharmacy.
What should I do if I experience an adverse effect from my medication?
If you experience an adverse effect from any medicine, you should call your health care provider. You are also encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the drug's manufacturer or to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Why can’t I search by condition or diagnosis?
Patients should not change medications based on what financial assistance programs are available; appropriate medicines and therapies must be determined by a physician. Thus, we do not provide a program search based on a diagnosis or condition.