Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Part D helps you learn about Medicare prescription drug coverage and find and compare prescription drug plans.
If you have Medicare and are having trouble paying for your prescriptions you should apply for "Extra Help" with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs through the Social Security Administration. You can apply online or call Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213 or visit your local social security office.
State Kidney Programs are available in approximately 15 states and offer assistance for kidney transplant or dialysis patients with outpatient medications and other expenses.
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs are offered in many states and the U.S. Virgin Islands and help paying drug plan premiums and/or other drug costs.
Many drug companies offer prescription assistance programs for their medications to those who qualify. Here are some common medications and companies for dialysis patients and transplant recipients:
Abbott Laboratories / AbbVie Products AbbVie Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 222-6885
Amgen Assist (800) 272-9376
The Safety Net Foundation helps provide Amgen medications to the uninsured.
Astellas Reimbursement Services (800) 477-6472
Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 245-5356
Novartis Patient Assistance for Medicare Beneficiaries (800) 942-3424
Pfizer Helpful Answers (866) 706-2400
Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures (formerly Genzyme)
Renal Patient Assistance Program (800) 847-0069
Shire Cares Patient Assistance & Support (888) CARES-55 / (888) 227-3755
Some websites allow you to search for prescription assistance programs by medicine:
American Organ Transplant Rx assists transplant patients with the cost of their immunosuppressant drug therapy by providing up to 65% savings on generic medications with overall average savings of 40% across brand and generic medications combined. (727) 526-0317
BenefitsCheckUp is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. BenefitsCheckUp helps you find state, federal, and private benefits programs available where you live. These benefits programs can help pay for prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more. You can also get help with tax relief, transportation, legal issues, or finding work.
Needy Meds helps people obtain prescription assistance and offers a discount card for those eligible which can help people save up to 80% on the cost of their medications.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. 1-888-4PPA-NOW (477-2669)
The Patient Access Network offers help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments: kidney transplant immunosuppressant and solid organ transplant immunosuppressant. 866-316-PANF (7263)
RxAssist Patient Assistance Program Center can help you learn about ways to use pharmaceutical company programs and other resources to help reduce your medication costs.
RxHope provides assistance and advocacy for people in need to obtain critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. 1 (877) 267-0517
Sav-Rx Prescription Services allows you to price medications if you are paying out of pocket. 1 (800) 228-3108
Walmart's Discounted Drug Program offers many prescription drugs for $4. Use this site to search for your medication and dosage.