Indigent Drug Programs



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State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have special programs to assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs they need. One problem is that it's often hard to learn about these programs.

Each company has its own program with its special requirements, forms, and procedures. Actually, some companies have different programs for different drugs. There is no central clearinghouse for obtaining up-to-date information about these programs or the drugs themselves.

Most pharmaceutical companies will send their application forms only to a physician's office, and usually only at the request of the physician or his/her representative. Some of the companies will send forms to social workers or to patients, and a few will forward the forms to the physician's office at the request of the social worker or patient.

Also Triple AAA has a program that alot of people do not know about. If you buy their basic $40.00 membership, you get close to 10-30% off of your meds at participating drug stores.


Medication Manufacturers' Indigent Drug Programs

Most people don't realize that pharmaceutical companies produce a great deal of written information about disease and treatment. They are required by law to provide detailed descriptions about the drugs that they manufacture, but most also produce more general information for the public about the diseases that their drugs treat, also.

In addition to this free material, almost all pharmaceutical compaies also have an "Indigent Drug Program", which provides medications to people who cannot afford them. Your physician must apply to these programs on your behalf, but you can call and obtain the applications and information yourself. Amounts and eligibility will vary greatly from program to program.

A directory of companies that offer drug programs is available by calling 1-202-835-3450.

Below is a list of companies that have indigent drug programs:


3M Pharmaceuticals
(800) 328-0255
Products include: Most drug products sold by 3M

Allergan, Inc.
2525 Dupont Drive
Irvine, CA 92713
(800) 347-4500 ext. 6421
Products include: Alphagan, Betagen, Epifrin
(800) 999-6673
Products include: Botox

Alza Pharmaceuticals
(415) 962-4243
Products include: Ditrpan XL, Ehtyol injection, Progesatser, Testoderm, Urispas

(888) 272-9376
Products include: Epogen (only for patients on dialysis), Neupogen

(877) 229-1241
Products include: Actiq

Astra USA, Inc.
(800) 488-FAIR (488-3247)
Products include: Foscavir injection

Baxter Healthcare Corporation
(800) 423-2090
Products include: A Patient Assistance Program is being developed for Gammagard S/D and should be ready in about 3-4 months.

Bayer Corporation
(800) 998-9180
Products include: Adalat, Adalat CC, Anaguard, Anakit, Biltricide, Chlo-amine, Cipro Cipro IV, Cortdome Suppositories, Domepaste Bandages, DTIC Dome, Mezlan, Mithracin MRV, Nimotop, Precose, Stilphostrol, Tridesilon, Zenomil Maintenance, Baycol

Berlex Laboratories
(800) 888-4112
Products include: Betapace, Betaseron for SC Injection, Quadramat, Quinaglute Dura-Tabs
(800) 473-5832
Products include: Fludara

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(800) 556-8317
Products include: All products covered except controlled substances

Boots Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boots Cares Program
300 Tri-State International Center
Suite 200
Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4415
Attn: Sandy Bauco
Products include: Synthroid tablets

Bristol-Myers Squibb
(800) 272-4878
Products include: Bicnu (BCNU), Blenoxane, Ceenu (CNU), Cytoxan, Hydrea, Ifex/Mesna, Lysodren, Megace, Mutamycin, Paraplatin, Platinol, Rubex, Taxol, Vepesid, Verit, Videx

Ciba-Geigy Corporation
(800) 257-3273, (800) CHIRON-8 (245-7668)
Products include: Aredia, Cytadren, Actigall, Anafranil, Anturane, Apresazide, Apresoline, Brethaire, Brethine, Cataflam, Desferal, Esidrix, Esimil, Estraderm, Habitrol, Ismelin, Lamprene, Lioresal, Lopressor, Lopressor/HCT Lotensin, Lotensin/HCT, Ludiomil, PBZ, Regitine, Rimactane, Ser-Ap-Es, Slow-K, Tegretol, TEN-K, Tofranil, Tofranil-PM, Transderm-Scop, Transdermal-Nitro, Voltaren

Connaught Laboratories, Inc.
(717) 839-4617
Products include: TheraCys BCG live intravesical

ConvaTec Professional Services - A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
P.O. Box 5254
Princeton, NJ 08543-5254
(800) 422-8811
Convatec is a manufacturer of ostomy, wound care and incontinence products.

DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company
Products include: All non-controlled prescription products

Eli Lilly and Company
(800) 545-6962
Products include: Most Lilly products and insulins except controlled substances

Fisons Pharmaceuticals
Gastrocon Patient Assistance Program
P.O. Box 1766
Rochester, NY 14603-1766
Products include: Gastrocrom capsules

Gastron Patient Assistance Program
775 Jefferson Road
P.O. Box 1766
Rochester, NY 14603
(888) 963-3382
Products include: Gastrocrom oral concentrate

Genentech, Inc.
(800) 879-4747
Products include: Actimmune, Activase, Protropin, Nutrpoin

Glaxo Wellcome
Customer Service: (800) 334-0032
Patient Assistance: (800) 722-9294
Reimbursement Line: (800) 423-6869, (800) 745-2967
Products include: Aleran, Blenoxane, Leukeran, Myleran, Navelbine, Purinethol, Zofran, Zovirax, and all other Glaxo Wellcome products

Hoechst-Marion-Roussel, Inc.
(800) 221-4025
Customer Information Line: (800) 552-3656
Products include: Carafate, Diabeta, Lasix, Trental, and other prescription products (except Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Tenuate)

(800) 466-8639, (206) 587-0430
Products include: Leukine, Novantrone, Thioplex, and all other currently marketed Immunex prescription products

(800) 544-2987
Products include: Duragesic, Ergamisol, Hismanal, Imodium, Nizoral tablets, Propulsid, Sporanox capsules, Vermox

Knoll Pharmaceutical Company
(800) 524-2474
Products include: Isoptin, Rythmol, Santyl, Synthroid, Tarka, and Mavik

Liposome Company, Inc.
Financial Assistance Program: (800) 335-5476
Reimbursememt: (800) 345-2252
Executive Offices: (609) 452-7060
Products include: Abelcet

McNeil Pharmaceutical
(800) 682-6532
Products include: Prescription products prescribed according to approved labeled indications and dosage regimens

Merck Human Health Division
(800) NSC-MERCK (672-6372)
Products include: Many Merck products

Miles Inc. Pharmaceutical Division
(800) 998-9180
Products include: All Miles, Inc. prescription medications used as recommended in prescribing information

Nabi (formerly known as Univax)
(800) 789-2099
Products include: WinRho SDF

Patient Support Program: (888) 455-6655
Products include: Clorazil
Patient Assistance Program: (800) 257-3273
Products Include: Aredia, Actigall, Desferal, Diovan, Dynacirc, Dynacirc CR, Estraderm, Femara, Lamisil, Lamprene, Lescol, Lotensin, Lotensin HCT, Lotrel, Metopirone, Micalcin, Migranal, Vivelle, Voltaren XR 100mg

Ortho Biotech
(800) 553-3851
Products include: Leustatin, Procrit

(908) 725-1247
Products include: Most Parke-Davis medications, including Accupril, Cilatin, Cognex, Lipitor, Loestrin, Neurotin, Rezulin, Zarontin

Pfizer, Inc.
(800) 646-4455
Products include: Diflucan, and all other Pfizer products

Pharmacia & Upjohn
(800) 242-7014
Products include: Adriamycin, Adrucil, Azulfidine, Dipentum, EMCYT, Fragmin, Idamycin, Meosar, Mycotubin, Vincasar, Zinecard

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers' of America (PhRMA)

Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(800) 448-4878
Products include: Actonel, Alora, Ascol, Dantrium capsules, Didronel, Helidac, Macrobid, Macrodantin

Purdue Frederick
(203) 853-0123
(888) 278-7383 ext. 4111 (Physicians Only)
Products include: MS Contin, MSIR, Oxy Contin, OXYIR, OXYFAST

Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc.
(610) 454-8110
Products include: All products are eligible, with some limitations on supply

Roche Laboratories
OncoLine/HelpLine: (800) 443-6676
Products include: FUDR, Roferon-A, Vesanoid, Xeloda
(800) 526-6367
Products include: All Roche products except for Versed, Lariam, Toradol, and Romazicon

Patient Assistance: (800) 274-8651
Customer Service: (800) 520-1631
Medical Information: (800) 327-4865
Products include: Marinol, Oramorph, Roxanol, Roxicodane, Viramune

(800) 447-6673, (203) 746-8958
The second number is to NORD, Inc., the parent company of Sandoz. Products include: Clorazil, DynaCirc, Eldepryl, Lescol, Sandimmune, Sandoglobulin, Sandostatin

Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(800) 446-6267 (choose option 2 twice)
Products include: Aralen, Danocrine, Drisdol, Hytakerol, Mytelase, NegGram, pHisoHex, Primaquine, Skelid (800) 675-8412 Products include: Photofrin

Schering Plough Oncology
(800) 521-7157
Products include: Eulexin, Farestron, Intron-A, Rebetron

(800) 542-2526 (Physicians Only)
Products include: Aldactazide, Aldactone, Arthrotec, Calan, Calan SR, Celebrex, Cytotec, Kerlone, Norpace, Norpace CR

Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(800) 375-1658
(650) 323-9011 (Corporate)
Products include: Amphotec, Doxil

Serono Laboratories, Inc.
(781) 982-9000
Products include: Metrodin (FSH)

Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NORD Matulane Patient Assistance Program
Contact: Michele McCourt
(203) 746-6518
Products include: Matulane

Smithkline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
Access to Care Program
1 Franklin Plaza FP 1320
P.O. Box 7929
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7929
(800) 546-0420
Products include: Amoxil, Augmentin, Bactroban, Compazine, Dyazide, Famvir, Kytril, Relafen, Riduara, Tagamet, and most other Smithkline Beecham prescription products

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
c/o Phoenix Marketing
1 Phoenix Drive
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Attn: Patient Assistance Program
(800) 788-9277
Products include: Most Solvay products

Tap Pharmaceuticals
(800) 453-8438
Products include: Lupron

Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories
Norplant Supply and Removal Program: (800) 760-9030
Products include: Norplant
Indigent Patient Program:
John E. James
Professional Services IPP
555 East Lancaster Avenue
St. Davids, PA 19087
Products include: Various products (not including II, III, or IV products)

Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Foundation
(800) 424-3727
Products include: Arimidex, Casodex, Nolvadex, Zoladex