Prescription Assistance Resources

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

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

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

  • Ensure, Glucerna, Nepro - dialysis nutritional products
  • Gengraf® (cyclosporin) - immunosuppressant for organ transplant recipients
  • Zemplar® - hyperparathyroidism

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 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 Patient Plus (855-686-8601)

  • Auryxia™ (Ferric Citrate) – Phosphate Binder


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

  • Fosrenol® On Track - phosphate binder for dialysis patients

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.