Prescription Discount and 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 — anyone can save immediately! There is no income qualification, no paperwork, and no waiting for your pre-activated card.

Use the card to receive discounts on prescriptions while helping fight kidney disease at the same time. All medications are eligible for savings, including pet meds! Every time you save using the card, the National Kidney Foundation will receive a donation from BuzzRx Health, at no cost to you*. Check out this NEW resource to save you money on your medications!
*the NKF receives up to $1 per discounted script

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.

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:


GLP-1 RA (Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists)

Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) (Wegener’s Granulomatosis)


Non-steroidal mineralocorticoid antagonists (MRAs)

Nutritional Supplements

Phosphorus Binders

Proteinuria due to nephrotic syndrome

SGLT2-Inhibitors (Flozins)



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.