Prescription Drug Assistance

Information on government programs, non-profit organizations and pharmaceutical companies offering free or low-cost medication.

Psychiatric medications do not cure mental illness. However, they can significantly improve symptoms and help promote recovery and wellness. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to maintain your wellness when faced with the ever-increasing cost of psychiatric medications.

There are three types of assistance that can help with the cost of prescription medications:

Government programs offer assistance to individuals with financial needs.

Non-profit organizations provide information and resources that help with prescription costs, co-pays and premiums and diagnosis-related expenses.

Many pharmaceutical companies offer medication assistance programs to low-income individuals and families. These programs typically require a doctor's consent, proof of financial status and you may not have a prescription drug benefit through health insurance. You may contact the pharmaceutical directly to get specific eligibility requirements and application information. Below is a listing of commonly prescribed psychiatric medication and information about contacting the pharmaceutical company.

Brand Name Manufacturer/Program Name Program Phone number
Abilify Abilify Assist Hotline
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
(888) 922-4543
www.abilifyassistprogram.com
Clozapine (generic) Teva Pharmaceuticals (800) 507-8334
www.clozapineregistry.com
Clozaril Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
www.patientassistancenow.com
Concerta Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
www.jjpaf.org
Cymbalta Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
www.lillytruassist.com
Depakote Abbvie (800) 222-6885
www.abbvie.com
Effexor XR Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical (866) 706-2400
www.phahelps.com
Fanapt Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800)277-2254
www.patientassistancenow.com
Geodon Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical (866) 706-2400
www.phahelps.com
Haldol; Haldol Decanoate Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
www.jjpaf.org
Intuniv Shire Care Patient Assistance and Support (888) 227-3755
www.shire.com
Invega; Invega Sustenna Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
www.jjpaf.org
Lamictal GlaxoSmithKline Patient Assistance Program (888) 825-5249
www.gskforyou.com
Latuda Sunovion Patient Assistance Program (877) 850-0819
www.sunovionsupport.com
Pristiq Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation (866) 706-2400
www.phahelps.com
Prozac Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
www.lillytruassist.com
Remeron Merck Patient Assistance Program (800)727-5400
www.merck.com
Risperdal; Risperdal Consta Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
www.jjpaf.org
Saphris Merck Patient Assistance Program (800) 727-5400
www.merck.com
Seroquel; Seroquel XR AstraZeneca Prescription Savings Program (800) 292-6363
www.astrazeneca-us.com
Strattera Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
www.lillytruassist.com
Symbyax Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
www.lillytruassist.com
Tegretol Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
www.patientassistancenow.com
Topamax Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (800) 652-6227
www.jjpaf.org
Trileptal Novartis Patient Assistance Now (800) 277-2254
www.patientassistancenow.com
Viibryd Forest Pharmaceuticals (800) 851-0758
www.forestpharm.com/pap
Vyvanse Shire Care Patient Assistance and Support (888) 227-3755
www.shire.com
Wellbutrin GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access Program (866) 728-4368
www.bridgestoaccess.com
Zyprexa Eli Lilly and Company (855) 559-8783
www.lillytruassist.com

Are there any other ways to reduce the cost of my medication.

Discuss with you doctor any problems you are have affording your medications. They may be able to provide you with free sample medication for a period of time. Or, it may be possible to switch to a less expensive brand-name medication or your medication's generic form.

The following list provides the brand-name and generic name for commonly prescribed medications.

Comparing pharmacy pricing can sometime save hundreds of dollars.

How will the Affordable Care Act effect prescription costs?

The Affordable Care Act puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will guarantee more choices, improve quality, lower costs and hold insurance companies more accountable.

The Act will be implemented in stages with the Health Insurance Marketplace becoming available in 2014. It is designed to help you find health insurance that is affordable and offers comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospitalizations.

For the most up-to-date information, visit http://www.healthcare.gov or http://www.cuidadodesalud.gov .


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