How to Pay for Medication

Health Insurance

Health insurance can help protect you from high medical costs. Health insurance provided through work, through a family member or privately purchased, may offer discounts on mental health medication. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that your health plan cover mental health equally to other treatments—this is called mental health parity.

The ACA also puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that provide more choices, improve quality, lower costs and hold insurance companies more accountable. The act is designed to help you find health insurance that is affordable and offers comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospitalizations.

Talk With Your Doctor

If you don’t have insurance, the first thing you should is speak with your doctor if you are having trouble affording your medication. They may be able to provide you with free samples for a period of time. It may also be possible to switch to a less expensive brand-name medication or the generic form of your medication.

Prescription Assistance Programs

Government Prescription Assistance Programs

Many states and counties offer prescription assistance programs.
www.needhelppayingbills.com is a website that also lists state and local assistance programs that you may qualify for.
Your state’s Medicaid office may have information about prescription assistance and discount programs.
If you participate in Medicare Part D and need financial assistance you may be qualified for the federal benefit program called Extra Help. The Medicare Rights Center—1-800-333-4114—can let you know if you qualify.

Nonprofit Prescription Assistance Programs

  • NeedyMeds helps people of all ages, with and without insurance, locate Patient Assistance Programs, free/low cost clinics, state programs and offers a free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card. For more information, you may call their helpline at 800-503-6897.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying people without prescription drug coverage get the medication they need for free or nearly free. They offer access to public and private programs, including pharmaceutical company programs.
  • RxAssist helps individuals find information about free and low cost medication programs and other ways to manage your medication cost through their online Patient Assistance Program Center. They also provide a prescription discount card that patients may be able to use even if they have health insurance coverage.
  • RxHope provides program descriptions and downloadable applications for prescription assistance programs for specific medications.
  • PatientAssistance.com is a nonprofit site that offers money-saving offers such as printable coupons and a searchable database of available patient assistance programs.
  • GoodRx allows you to compare drug prices from pharmacies in your area, including big pharmacy chains, local pharmacies and mail order companies.

Pharmaceutical Companies

If you take the brand name version of a medication, the pharmaceutical company that makes that drug may offer payment assistance.

Brand Name

Manufacturer

Program Contact Information

Abilify Bristol-Myers Squibb

Abilify

1-800-736-0003
Patient Assistance Foundation

1-888-922-4543
Assist Savings Program

Aristada Alkermes 1-866-274-7823
Aristada Care Support
Brintellix Takeda 1-800-830-9159
Help at Hand Patient Assistance Program
Clozapine (generic) Teva Clozapine 1-800-507-8334
Patient Registry
Clozaril (brand name) Novartis Pharmaceuticals 1-800-245-5356
Patient Assistance Now
Concerta Janssen Pharmaceuticals 1-800-652-6227
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Cymbalta Eli Lilly 1-855-559-8783
TruAssist
Depakote Abbvie Patient Assistance Foundation
Depakote Savings Program
Effexor Pfizer 1-866-706-2400
RxPathways
Fetzima Allergan

Fetzima

1-800-851-0758
Activis Pharma, Inc. Patient Assistance Program

Fetzima Savings Program

Fanapt Novartis Pharmaceuticals 1-800-245-5356
Patient Assistance Now
Geodon Pfizer

Geodon

1-866-706-2400
RxPathways

1-800-725-9655
Geodon Co-Pay Card

Haldol Janssen Pharmaceuticals 1-800-652-6227
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Intuniv Shire 1-888-227-3755
Shire Cares Patient Services
Invega Janssen Pharmaceuticals 1-800-652-6227
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Lamictal GlaxoSmithKline 1-888-825-5249
GSK For You
Latuda Sunovion

Latuda

1-877-850-0819
Sunovion Support

1-855-552-8832
Latuda Savings

Pristiq Pfizer

Pristiq

1-866-706-2400
RxPathways

1-855-498-3563
Get Savings & Support

Prozac Eli Lilly 1-855-559-8783
TruAssist
Fluoxetine (generic) Edgemont Pharmaceuticals Fluoxetine Product Website
Remeron Merck 1-800-727-5400
Merck Helps
Risperdal Janssen Pharmaceuticals 1-800-652-6227
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Saphris Allergan

Actavis

1-800-851-0758
Activis Pharma, Inc. Patient Assistance Program

1-877-272-5525
Saphris Savings Program

Seroquel AstraZeneca 1-800-292-6363
Prescription Savings Program
Strattera Eli Lilly

Lilly

1-855-559-8783
TruAssist

1-866-923-1953
Strattera Savings Card

Tegretol Novartis Pharmaceuticals 1-800-245-5356
Patient Assistance Now
Topamax Janssen Pharmaceuticals 1-800-652-6227
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
Trileptal Novartis Pharmaceuticals 1-800-245-5356
Patient Assistance Now
Viibryd Allergan 1-800-851-0758
Activis Pharma Inc. Patient Assistance Program
Vyvanse Shire 1-888-227-3755
Shire Cares Patient Services
Wellbutrin Valeant Pharmaceuticals 1-800-556-1937
Wellbutrin Savings Card
Xanax Pfizer 1-866-706-2400
RxPathways
Zoloft Pfizer

Zoloft

1-866-706-2400
RxPathways

1-866-709-6100
Zoloftchoice Card

Zyprexa Eli Lilly 1-855-559-8783
TruAssist
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