Drug Assistance Programs

  • Here are some additional resources that may help you gain access to the medicines or services you need. This is not a complete list and is provided as a public service for health care providers, caregivers, and low-income patients.

    Area Agencies on Aging (ElderCare)

    Local area agencies on aging may be able to help patients age 65 years and older who cannot afford their medicines. To contact your local area agency on aging, call 1-800-677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

    Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)

    The ACU is a nonprofit organization that works to help clinicians better serve the needs of low-income patients. The ACU has developed tools and links for implementing comprehensive pharmaceutical care for low-income patients. For more information, visit www.clinicians.org.

    AstraZeneca Cancer Support Network

    AstraZeneca developed the AstraZeneca Cancer Support Network (AZ CSN) as a support service to help meet the special needs of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The site offers help for patients who can't afford their medicines, information on AstraZeneca cancer treatments, and personal support from oncology assistance specialists. If you would like to learn more about the services provided by AZ CSN, please call 1-866-99-AZCSN (1-866-992-9276). Oncology assistance specialists are available to provide expert advice in more than 150 languages. Help is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM–6:00 PM ET, excluding holidays.


    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) sponsors this web site. It offers confidential assistance online for seniors and caregivers by searching more than 1,100 federal, state, and private prescription drug programs and determining those for which the senior may be eligible. For more information, visit www.benefitscheckup.org.

    Foundation for Health Coverage Information

    The Foundation for Health Coverage Information web site provides simplified public and private health insurance eligibility information to the uninsured. The site also offers user-friendly tools and guides—booklets, pamphlets, toll-free Help Line, web tools and presentations—that simplify public and private health insurance options. For more information, visit www.coverageforall.org.

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

    HRSA offers information about community health centers that may offer prescription assistance to low-income patients. Learn more by calling 1-888-ASK-HRSA.


    This official Medicare web site can help patients, caregivers, and doctors find information about public and private prescription drug assistance programs in their area, including eligibility requirements and covered services. For more information, visit www.medicare.gov.

    My Medicare Matters

    The My Medicare Matters web site is designed to help individuals learn more about Medicare prescription drug coverage. The web site was developed using materials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as materials developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC), and AstraZeneca. For more information, visit www.mymedicarematters.org.


    NeedyMeds is devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. The NeedyMeds web site provides information on company patient assistance programs, free and low-cost clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs. For more information, visit www.needymeds.org.

    Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

    Many Manufacturers also participate in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national program that can help you find patient assistance programs. Qualifying patients who do not have prescription coverage can use the program as a single point of contact to access information about public and private programs that may be right for them. The PPA represents the largest-ever non-government-sponsored program to help bring medicines to Americans who do not have prescription drug coverage and are having difficulty affording their prescription medicines. More than 475 public and private patient assistance programs are available through the PPA. For more information, visit www.pparx.org.


    RxAssist lets you search for information on patient assistance programs by company, brand name, generic name, or type of medicine. RxAssist provides information on ways to get free and low-cost medications. The site also provides a quick-reference chart that lists drug assistance programs by state. For more information, visit www.rxassist.org.


    RxHope lets you search for patient assistance information. In addition, some companies allow physicians to submit applications electronically through this site. For more information, visit www.rxhope.com.

    3020315 Last Updated 8/15