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Can I find information about low-cost or free medications online?

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Updated October 07, 2008

Question: Can I find information about low-cost or free medications online?
Answer:

Yes! There are a number of trustworthy organizations with websites that provide information about where and how to get low-cost or free prescription medications. The following is a list of reliable organizations that should be able to help you find where you can get your medication at a price you can afford. These sites also outline for you what you need to do to qualify for low-cost medication benefits.

If you qualify, many pharmaceutical companies will give you free medications for some period of time. And, many states have medication assistance programs for residents of the state who qualify. If you cannot get one of these programs, several of the large national “big box” stores – such as Wal-Mart and Target – offer many generic medications for four dollars each month.

NeedyMeds
NeedyMeds is a non-profit organization that helps people who cannot afford medication. The site provides applications for prescription assistance programs that can be filled out online and printed.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps match patients who cannot afford medication to prescription assistance programs that provide free or nearly free medicines to eligible patients.

RxAssist
RxAssist.org streamlines the application process for the drug company's prescription assistance programs and provides resources for application completion.

BenefitsCheckUp
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is an online service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

More Information from Dr. Mike About Online Information:

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  4. Medication ABCs
  5. Cost of Drugs
  6. Finding Information About Low-Cost or Free Medications Online

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