Having trouble affording your epilepsy or seizure medication? Learn how patient assistance programs might lower the cost.
What is a Patient Assistance Program?
A patient assistance program is a special service offered by all major drug companies. If you can’t afford your medications, drug manufacturers may offer benefits like:
- Prescription medicine free of charge or at low cost
- Medicine sent to your home, your doctor's office, or your pharmacy
- Refills for up to a year before reapplying
Patient assistance programs are available through both national and local services.
How Do You Know If You’re Eligible?
Each drug company has its own eligibility requirements. In most cases, you can get help from a patient assistance program if:
- You are a U.S. resident or citizen
- You do not have prescription drug insurance that covers your medicine
- You meet the income limits set by the drug company for your medicine
NeedyMeds.org can help you see if your income meets a specific drug company’s income requirement for patient assistance.
Patient assistance programs help people of all ages, including children. Several programs also help people on Medicare.
How Do You Apply?
Start by sending an application to the company that makes your medicine. If you have multiple drugs made by different manufacturers, you must apply to each company separately.
Most applications have a section for you and a section for your doctor to fill out. You will also need a proof of income. Be aware that most programs need you to reapply each year.
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