Patient Assistance

Having trouble affording your epilepsy or seizure medication? Learn how patient assistance programs might lower the cost.

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.

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.

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.

    How Can I Get More Help?

    Several nonprofit organizations can help you find and apply for patient assistance programs. The following resources can help you identify drug manufacturers, confirm if they have patient assistance programs, check eligibility, and complete the applications.

    NeedyMeds.Org

    NeedyMeds.org provides information about government programs, low-cost or free medical and dental clinics, and prescription assistance programs. They also list programs that may help people who cannot afford medicines and healthcare costs. You can also find some disease-specific financial aid programs.

    NeedyMeds.org lets you search for patient assistance programs by drug name. Get program phone numbers, application links, eligibility guidelines, application requirements, and program details.

    Learn more about NeedMeds.org.

    Medicine Assistance Tool

    The Medicine Assistance Tool is a search engine that helps people look for patient assistance programs. The tool is provided by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and is a joint effort of American drug companies, medical organizations, and government agencies.

    Learn more about the Medicine Assistance Tool

    PatientAsisstance.com

    If you cannot afford your medications, this free resource can help connect you to patient assistance programs.

    Learn more about PatientAssistance.com

    RxAssist

    Volunteers in Health Care is a nonprofit resource center for health care programs working with the uninsured. Their resource center, RxAssist, provides more information about patient assistance programs. You can also learn about Medicare Part D programs for low-cost medicines and other issues related to medication access. You can contact RxAssist by email: info@rxassist.org.

    Explore resources on RxAssist.

    Veteran's Affairs Veteran's Benefits

    The Veteran's Affairs (VA) Department provides services and help to veterans and their dependents.

    Learn about Veteran’s Benefits from the VA.

    Rx Outreach

    This is a nonprofit mail order pharmacy. It provides affordable prices on medicines to low-income individuals and families.

    Learn more about Rx Outreach.

    FamilyWize Community Service Partnership

    FamilyWize negotiates lower prices for medications with many local, chain, and online pharmacies. Search for medication prices and get a prescription savings card or app you can use to get the lowest price for their medications.

    Learn more about FamilyWize.

    Find Your Local Epilepsy Foundation

    Your local Epilepsy Foundation can help you connect with your community and find support.

    Find an Epilepsy Specialist

    Find a doctor who can help you diagnose and treat your seizures effectively.

    Texting 4 Control Medication Reminders

    Receive reminders via text message about when to take seizure medications.

    Seizure Medication List

    In-depth information on epilepsy medications to help you choose the right one.

    Medication Educational Resources

    A toolkit to learn about covering medication cost, taking medication, and side effects.

    Ask the Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Helpline

    Do you have more questions about patient assistance programs? Please call the Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-332-1000 or submit a question online.