Obtaining Safe & Effective Medications

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 Access and assistance to obtain safe and effective medications for personal use and Information to obtain affordable medications for medical missions.

Meds for tHE nEEDY & MEDICAL Missions

 Access and assistance to obtain safe and effective medications for personal use and Information to obtain affordable medications for medical missions


Patient Medication Resources

Guide to Fake Medications . Tips to Buying Medicines online and avoiding Fake Medications

1.  A patient’s guide to fake medicines

Today, we have lots of choice of where and how to obtain the medicine our doctor prescribes. That increasingly wide choice can be confusing. More and more fake (counterfeit) medicines are being sold each year and they could be harmful if taken. Click Here for more information

2.  Buying medicines online

The internet is the biggest unregulated market in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that over 50% of medicines purchased on the internet from sites that conceal their address may be counterfeit. Click Here for more information

3.  How to Buy Medicines Safely From an Online Pharmacy

Ever been tempted to buy your medicines from an online pharmacy or another website?

Protect yourself and your family by using caution when buying medicine online. There are many pharmacy websites that operate legally and offer convenience, privacy, and safeguards for purchasing medicines. Click Here for more information


4.  Top tips to avoid buying fake medicines

No-one knows your medicine better than you do. Simple steps may help you avoid buying counterfeit medicines. Click Here for more information

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, “Patients can play a vital role in preventing medication mishaps and errors when they have been encouraged to ask questions and seek answers about their medications before drugs are dispensed at a pharmacy or administered in a hospital.”


Patient Assistance programs

Programs to assist people who are unable to afford their medications


1.   A Comprehensive List of Pharmaceutical Companies' Patient Assistance Programs  - Click Here

2.   Dispensary of Hope 

Through innovative stewardship of the pharmaceutical supply chain, the Dispensary of Hope collects and distributes millions of dollars of pharmaceuticals annually to pharmacies and safety-net clinics to dispense to low income, chronically ill patients. Through meaningful partnerships, pharmacies and clinics nationwide can utilize Dispensary of Hope medication to impact the health of their communities by improving access to affordable medication - click here 


3.  Patient Assistance Programs for Prescription Drugs by WebMD

If you can’t afford the prescription drugs you need in the USA, you may be eligible for assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit groups, or state governments 

  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance: A program sponsored by drug companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations, and civic groups. It helps low-income, uninsured patients get free or low-cost, brand-name medications.

  • NeedyMeds: A non-profit organization that maintains an extensive database of information about patient assistance programs, state assistance, drug discount programs, and free or low-cost medical care. You can search their database for free on their website. The site also has information on thousands of programs to help consumers through the application process.

  • RxAssist: An online database of drug company programs that provide free or affordable drugs and co-pay assistance.

  • Center for Benefits : Provided by the National Council on Aging, this shares information about assistance programs for low-income seniors and young people with disabilities.

  • RxHope: A web-based resource where you can search by medication to locate assistance programs. They also offer help with the application process.

  • RxOutreach : A mail-order pharmacy for people with little to no health insurance coverage.


4.   Drug Discount Cards

Some states, non-profit organizations, and retail pharmacies offer drug discount cards. A few are free. You can get others for a low monthly or annual fee. If you’re buying, be sure to go with a reputable organization, such as AARP or NeedyMeds.

Take caution. Unfortunately, some people sell fake discount cards to try to get credit card and social security numbers. Be aware that discount cards are nothealth insurance. Before you sign up for any discount card, make sure it comes with clear terms and conditions and at least a 30-day refund policy.

Patient Help Network


5.    Other Prescription and Health Assistance Programs and Information in the USA


Use this site to apply for Medicare, find supplemental insurance plans, hospitals, drug plans, doctors, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, and more.

B.  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Patient Assistance Programs

Find out how you can apply for patient assistance programs (PAPs) that offer free or low cost drugs to individuals who are unable to pay for their medication.

C.  Rx Assist

RxHope: Frequently Asked Questions

RxHope provides a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. RxHope contracts directly with pharmaceutical companies to provide an electronic application process for their patient assistance programs. Services to patients are free of charge.

Rx Assist

Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs

Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for extra help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help Program is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify, an individual must be receiving Medicare and have limited resources and income.

Rx Assist

Prescription Assistance: Lupus Foundation of America

Here is a list of prescription assistance programs provided by the Lupus Foundation of America.

Lupus Foundation of America

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs 

Find out about public and private resources that can help people with the cost of their medicines.

Rx Assist

Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan- (PDF)

Some people with limited resources and income may be able to get Extra Help with the costs related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. Find out if you are eligible for Extra Help.

Social Security Administration

D.  RxHope

Financial and Support Services for Cancer Patients

View more than 100 organizations nationwide that provide emotional, practical, and financial support services for people with cancer and their families.


Statewide Drug Assistance Programs

Find programs listed by state that assist older adults, disabled, and low income individuals to pay for prescription medicines.

E.  NIH National Cancer Institute

Assistance with Insurance Issues

The organizations listed here help consumers understand how different health insurance plans work and how to locate resources for health coverage programs.

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI

BenefitsCheckUp: Find Benefit Programs

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.

F.  National Council on Aging

Brand Name Drugs List

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) are created by pharmaceutical companies to provide free or discounted medicine to people who are unable to afford them. Use the medication list to see if you qualify for a PAP.

G.  NeedyMeds

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

Find out how the CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation helps individuals cover the cost of medications for treating cancer.


Drug Coupons, Rebates & More Information 

Coupons, rebates and more offers of brand name medicine (over-the-counter and prescription) can be found through NeedyMeds. Find out how to sign up for the drug coupons and where to find them.


Drug Discount Cards

Drug discount cards are plans that offer discounts on medicine. These programs may be created by a state government, membership associations, non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses.

H.  Cancer Care 

Co-Payments Assistance Programs

In an effort to help patients afford the cost of their co-payments, Patient Services(PSI) developed a variety of financial assistance programs to help meet this need. Learn what disease areas are covered and how you can apply.

I.  Patient Services, Inc.

Disease-Based Assistance 

Disease-based assistance (DBA) programs help with costs associated with specific diseases or types of diseases. Search by the type of disease or condition to find all the programs that can help you.


J.  Social Security Administration

EyeCare America

EyeCare America provides eye exams and up to one year of care to US citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists (EyeMDs) often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify.

K.  American Academy of Ophthalmology

Find a Health Center

Find a Federally-funded health center near you for low-cost care based on your income.


L.  Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Find a Health Center iPhone Application

Download this iPhone app to find a Federally-funded health center near you for low-cost care based on your income.

M.  Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Help Affording Your Care

Paying for medications and therapies is a very common concern among people with cystic fibrosis and their families. If you have trouble affording your treatment, we may be able to help.

N.  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Medicare and Medicaid: Get Help Paying Costs

Learn about Medicare, Medicaid and other resources that can help pay for medical costs if you meet certain income and resource limits.

O.  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Modest Needs: Search Other Resources

Modest Needs' Resources database is a user-contributed list of helpful organizations and programs. The entries on this page have been listed by registered users of Modest Needs and are provided for information only.

P.  Modest Needs Foundation

National Multilingual Helpline

This helpline offers Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors bilingual assistance with questions about their Medicare Prescription Drug plans and other health matters. Languages include English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean, and Vietnamese.

Q.  National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

NeedyMeds: First-Time Users 

NeedyMeds is an online information resource of programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs. Read this page to learn more about the programs.


NORD’s Patient Assistance Programs

Find patient assistance programs that help patients with rare diseases obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford.


R.  National Organization for Rare Disorders

Participating Patient Assistance Programs

Search for state and corporate prescription assistance programs that help patients obtain free or low-cost medications.


S.  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Patient Access Network Foundation – Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers questions about eligibility requirements for medication copayment assistance from Patient Access Network (PAN), how to submit an application, required financial and medical documents, PAN's approval process, and more.


T.  Patient Access Network Foundation

Patient Access Network Foundation – Program Brochures

The Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN) facilitates access to medical treatment for patients with chronic or life-threatening illness.

Patient Access Network Foundation


U.  Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program

The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief program assists insured patients who are financially and medically qualified and are being treated for specific conditions. Call 1- 866-512-3861 or apply online.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Assistance Program Directory

This document provides an alphabetical list of pharmaceutical companies that offer prescription assistance programs.

V.  American Cancer Society

RxHope: Patient Assistance Process

These simple steps explain how to initiate the patient assistance process to enable you to obtain medications for free or at a small co-pay.

W.  How Hospital Pharmacies Can Optimize Patient Assistance Programs