Prescription Assistance Resources

Video: Where can I get financial assistance?
Video: Where can I get financial assistance?

Free prescription discount card benefiting the National Kidney Foundation
Use the card to receive discounts on prescriptions while helping fight kidney disease at the same time! Every time you save using the card, the National Kidney Foundation will receive a donation from Watertree Health, at no cost to you. Check out this NEW resource to save you money on your medications! 

Do you find it hard to manage your medications or keep them refilled on time? Now there is help.
Many pharmacies across the nation are participating in a new service that helps you coordinate your prescription refills so they are all due on the same day each month. This means you do not need to call in multiple prescription refills. It also reduces the number of trips you need to take to the pharmacy. For more information, go to www.aphafoundation.org/align-my-refills.

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.

Prescription Assistance Programs by Company

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

  • Ensure, Glucerna, Nepro - dialysis nutritional products
  • Gengraf® (cyclosporin) - immunosuppressant for organ transplant recipients
  • Zemplar® - hyperparathyroidism www.zemplar.com/zemplar-cost-savings.aspx

 
Amgen

Amgen Assist (800) 272-9376

  • Aranesp® - pre-dialysis and dialysis anemia medication
  • Epogen® - pre-dialysis and dialysis anemia medication
  • Sensipar® - dialysis medication to lower PTH (parathyroid)

The Safety Net Foundation helps provide Amgen medications to the uninsured.

 
Astellas

Astellas Reimbursement Services (800) 477-6472

 
Fresenius Medical Care North America

Velphoro Patient Access Solutions (877-774-6756)

  • Velphoro® - is a dialysis medication to lower serum phosphorus. Savings Cards

 
Genentech (A Member of the Roche Group)

Genentech Access Solutions (866) 4ACCESS / (866) 422-2377
Genentech Transplant Access Services (888) 754-7651

 
Keryx

Keryx Patient Plus (855-686-8601)

  • Auryxia™ (Ferric Citrate) – Phosphate Binder

 
Mallinckrodt

 
Novartis

Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 245-5356

  • Myfortic® - kidney transplant recipients
  • Neoral® (cyclosporin)- kidney, heart, liver transplant recipients
  • Sandimmune® (cyclosporin) - kidney, heart, liver transplant recipients
  • Zortress® (everolimus) Patient Reimbursement Support - kidney transplant recipients

Novartis Patient Assistance for Medicare Beneficiaries (800) 942-3424

 
Pfizer

Pfizer Helpful Answers (866) 706-2400

 
Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures (formerly Genzyme)

Renal Patient Assistance Program (800) 847-0069

  • Renvela® RenValue - phosphate binder for dialysis patients

 
Shire

Shire Cares Patient Assistance & Support (888) CARES-55 / (888) 227-3755

  • Fosrenol® On Track - phosphate binder for dialysis patients

 
Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

  • Envarsus XR® (tacrolimus extended-release tablets)
  • Veloxis Transplant Support 1-844-VELOXIS
  • $0 Co-Pay Support
  • Patient Assistance Program: 1-844-VELOXIS

Some websites allow you to search for prescription assistance programs by medicine:

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.

The Patient Access Network (PAN) offers help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for whom cost limits access to breakthrough medical treatments. 866-316-PANF (7263) Kidney related conditions that PAN offers assistance for are hyperkalemia and secondary hyperparathyroidism.