Medication Assistance Resources

Where to go to save money on medications

Free medications from retailers

Some stores are even giving away drugs — with a valid prescription, of course. Chains like Stop & Shop, Giant, Wegmans, Publix, Meijer and Schnucks Pharmacy, have launched programs that allow for a free 14-day supply of the generic oral antibiotics regardless of your insurance. You can continue to refill prescriptions as needed. Many of the drugs covered are:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Cephalexin
  • Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim
  • Ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR)
  • Penicillin VK
  • Ampicillin
  • Tetracycline
  • Erythromycin Stearate and Ethylsuccinate
  • Doxycycline Hyclate (capsules)

Meijer is also providing free pre-natal vitamins.

Pharmaceutical aid programs

Most pharmaceutical manufacturers now have programs to assist those who need their medications but are unable to pay for them. Each company has its own policies, forms and guidelines. Unearthing the protocols for applying for help can be challenging. Physicians' offices often have information on these programs, or you can check out:

  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a cooperative that gives eligible people access to hundreds of programs offering discounted or free medications, 888-477-2669, www.pparx.org
  • Together Rx Access, a discount prescription card for limited-income U.S. citizens who have no prescription drug coverage and are ineligible for Medicare, 800-444-4106, www.togetherrxaccess.com
  • RxAssist, a Web site with information on how to get low-cost or free medications, www.rxassist.org
  • NeedyMeds.com, a nonprofit organization aiming to help people who can’t afford health care, www.needymeds.com

Additional resources for specific conditions:

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