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First-Time Users

Welcome! NeedyMeds is an online information resource of programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs.

NeedyMeds does not provide medicine, supplies or financial assistance.

NeedyMeds offers up-to-date applications and information so that you can apply directly to drug manufacturers and other organizations that provide assistance. The application process is strictly between you and the manufacturer.

After you have completed and submitted your application, the manufacturer will notify you directly about your eligibility. Manufacturers provide a toll-free number so that you can contact them if you have questions. Be sure to keep this number handy.

NeedyMeds has no way of knowing or checking the status of your application. Manufacturers do not notify NeedyMeds if your application is approved or denied.

All of our information is provided at no cost and is updated daily. All of the program information can be accessed from the links on the left-hand menu.

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)

Programs called PAPs, which are created by pharmaceutical companies, provide free or discounted medicine to people who are unable to afford them. Each program has its own qualifying criteria.

To find a PAP that you may qualify for:

  1. Click on Brand Name Drugs or Generic Name Drugs here or in the menu to the left. An alphabetical listing appears that contains all the drugs available through PAPs.
  2. Then click on the first letter of the name of your medicine in the alphabet bar.
  3. Next, click on the name of your medicine to access the eligibility and contact
    information for the program(s). In some cases the program application form
    can be printed from our website. Applications should be faxed or mailed directly
    to the PAP, not to NeedyMeds.

Look for all of your medications, not just the most expensive ones. If your medicine does not appear on the Brand Name or Generic Name lists, then it is not available through a PAP. Click here to learn about options if this is the case.

Additional NeedyMeds Resources:

Coupons, Rebates & More are offered by various drug companies and may offer a
rebate, discount or even free trial size of a medication. Offers for prescription
medications require a doctor's prescription. Offers can be found two ways: under
Brand Name Drugs if a green coupon icon appears next to the drug name then
click on the icon. Or, they can be found on the Coupons, Rebates & More page.
Use the alphabet bar to find the medicine.

Application Assistance lists organizations that assist patients with completing PAP applications for free or a small fee.

Disease-Based Assistance programs provide a wide range of assistance for the costs associated with specific diseases or medical conditions.

Free and Low Cost Clinics offer health care at no cost, for a small fee, or on a sliding scale. These clinics are searchable by state.

Drug Discount Cards can help people save on their prescriptions but vary widely
company to company. Click here to view available discount cards. NeedyMeds also
offers a free discount card that you can download right here. It is completely free
to use and requires no registration or identifying information. Click here to learn more
about the card.

Camps & Retreats offers a database of camps geared towards children and adults
living with a specific diagnosis or medical condition.

Scholarships offers a database of scholarships geared towards children and adults
living with a specific diagnosis or medical condition.

Government Programs are programs that are created, sponsored, and/or funded (all or in part) by state, county or local governments to assist low-income residents with medical care, prescription assistance, health insurance, etc.

Disease Resource Pages provide detailed information on specific diseases and include links to nonprofit patient-oriented groups that offer education, research, support and advocacy. In addition, each disease resource page lists financial resources that help with the cost of drugs used to treat that disease, such as PAPs, free clinics and programs that provide other types of financial assistance.

Medicare Information explains the Medicare programs, contains a Medicare Part D Fact Sheet and has links for other useful Medicare-related websites.

Medicaid Sites has a clickable map where you can learn more about Medicaid in your state.

SHIP has a clickable map where you can find local state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs), which are federally funded advisory programs in each state.

Webinars are offered monthly, presenting an overview of the many different resources available on the NeedyMeds website. Special webinars are offered periodically, covering a variety of topics appropriate for the health care professional, advocate or patient.

Federal Poverty Guidelines helps you figure out your eligibility for PAPs by inputting your income information.

NeedyMeds Brochure is a great way to spread the printed word about our organization. You can download a copy or request that we mail your organization free copies. Click here for more information.

Patient Advocate News is our free electronic PDF newsletter that contains interviews with various health care nonprofits and other health care organizations, updates on PAPs and other newsworthy tidbits. Click here to subscribe to this free publication.

Patient Assistance Program Update Service (PAPUS) offers daily/weekly updates on patient assistance programs as they become available, including contact information changes, new, closed or merged programs, drug additions/removals, new or changed applications and eligibility criteria changes to programs.