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As a single mom to four children every penny does count in our household, but clipping coupons is time-consuming.  So when a friend told me about a coupon site. Wow-Coupons, I had to check it out, I was skeptical.

They offer (free of charge)
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Be wary of companies that charge big fees for "free" medications!

US District Court Finds MyFreeMedicine Isn't.  Written by DrPat
Published October 18, 2005

Making the Most of Your Pharmacy Benefit Plan for Private Insurance and Medicare  - A valuable information site for those who have insurance or medicare and have questions about situations that may arise regarding drug coverage.

Quote from the website:

This site is intended to provide only general information about some commonly occurring situations relating to prescription drug coverage. This site is not intended to provide advice about any individual's specific circumstances. If you need advice about your specific circumstances, you may wish to contact your plan (or the plan you are considering) or your own financial or legal advisor.

Canadian Pharmacies - Are they safe, are the legal? Here are some resources from AARP:

Prescription Drug Re-Importation Question and Answer Sheet
AARP Public Policy Institute - September 2003

Letter to Representatives Emanuel and Gutknecht on Prescription Drug Re-Importation
William D. Novelli, AARP Executive Director and CEO - August 6, 2003

AARP Bulletin articles on Buying Prescription Drugs in Canada:
Drugs From Canada? FDA Chief McClellan Leaves Door Open If Safety Is Assured
By Barbara Basler and Susan L. Crowley
AARP Bulletin, September 2003

Why Drugs Cost Less Up North: Important Differences in American, Canadian Systems Produce Big Price Disparities
By Patricia Barry
AARP Bulletin, June 2003

Should Consumers Be Allowed to Buy Drugs from Canada?
Face Off with Carmen Catizone and Peter Wyckoff

AARP Bulletin, May 2003



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Your Diabetes Community Site Index
Financial & Assistance Programs for Persons with Diabetes

Assistance programs for free or reduced-cost insulin,  prescription medications, and diabetes supplies

Important Disclaimer - Islets of Hope provides this information for general information and it is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any program or entity.  Please contact the company directly as information may change, programs may be discontinued, or there may be certain changes in restrictions for qualifying for assistance.  Program information is subject to change without notice. Please be sure to contact the administrator of any program before submitting an application.

Hock's offers 30-50% discounted prices on diabetes supplies.  We cannot specifically recommend or endorse any company but we have been listing Hock's in our resource directory for over a year as one of the two cheapest online companies to purchase from.  We recently affiliated with Hock's because our own experience with them has been so positive.  If you do place an order through our site, they will contribute financially towards our cause and you will get reasonable prices for diabetes supplies.

You might also be interested in:

National Patient Assistance Programs for Diabetes Prescriptions and Supplies

Department of Health and Human Services - To find low-cost health clinics.

DestinationRX - Use locator to compare drug prices and find cheapest sources.

DHF Medical Assistance Program partners with pediatric hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to ensure low-income patients care still able to get healthcare and medications.  (DHF is located in Canada)

Diabetes Trust Foundation - Phone: 205-939-3402 or 800-577-1383; Fax: 205-939-3408

Product Covered
: Most marketed non-controlled prescription products
Chestnut Run Plaza, Hickory Run Bldg. 974 Centre Rd. Wilmington, DE 19805 Toll Free #: (800) 474-2762
: All Arkansas Counties
Eligibility: Eligibility is based on the patient's insurance status and income level/assets. Patients should have exhausted all third-party insurance, Medicaid, Medicare,
and all other available programs. The patient must be a resident of the United States.
Other Program Information:The physician should request an application by calling 1-800-474-2762, prompt 5. The physician must complete and sign the physician-designated area of the application and include a signed, completed prescription. The patient must complete and sign the patient-designated area of the application and include a copy of their most current 1040 tax form. The application should be mailed to the address above. It takes approximately two weeks from receipt of an approved application for delivery of medication to the physician.

Product Covered:
Aricept (donepezil HCI) 5mg & 10mg tablets
Toll Free #: (800) 226-2072
Eligibility: Eisai Inc., and Pfizer Inc., have developed the Aricept Patient Assistance Program for those U.S. residents without prescription drug coverage through either public or private insurance. Aricept will be provided free of charge to patients who meet the following criteria: Patient has no insurance or other third-party payer prescription drug coverage, including Medicaid coverage or Medicare managed care coverage. Patient's annual income must fall within a predetermined range. Patient must be diagnosed by a physician as having mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
Other Program Information: Patient must requalify after 90-day initial supply.

Product Covered:
Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) 20 mg tablets
Aciphex Patient Assistance Program
Toll Free #:(800) 523-5870
Eligibility: Eisai Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc., have developed the Aciphex Patient Assistance Program for those U.S. residents without prescription drug coverage through either public or private insurance. Aciphex will be provided free of charge to patients who meet the following criteria: Patient has no insurance or other third-party payer prescription drug coverage, including Medicaid coverage or Medicare managed care coverage. Patient's annual income must fall within a predetermined range. Program specialists determine eligibility for each patient. The program requests that physicians not charge patients beyond insurance coverage for professional services. Patient must be diagnosed by a physician as having a medical need for Aciphex.

Product Covered:
Permax, Janaflex, Diastat, Mysoline, Zonegran Prescription Assist. Program-c/o Athena Rx Home Pharmacy
800 Gateway Boulevard South San CA 94080 Toll Free #: (800)528-4362
Eligibility: The patient must be a resident of the United States, have a net worth less than $30,000 and no third-party prescription drug coverage.
Other Program Information:The prescribing physician and patient must provide the following to Athena Rx Home Pharmacy: a letter of denial from the state Medicaid program; the patient's most recent income tax return, three consecutive bank statements of financial statements from the same account; a letter on the physician's letterhead requesting the medication and assurance on financial need; and a prescription for a one-year supply. Once the request is approved, the product will be shipped quarterly to the patient via UPS delivery. New requests must be filed for additional product.

Eli Lilly and Company - Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN 46285 - Humulin (insulin), Humalog (insulin), Glucagon (emergency kit)

Eli Lilly “Lilly Answers;” A Prescription Assistance Program – A program for qualified senior citizens that offers drugs made by Eli Lilly at substantially reduced costs.  Lilly makes insulin and Dymelor (a sulfonylurea).  Persons must have a medical disability (diabetes), no other prescription drug coverage, be enrolled in Medicare, and meet income requirements.  See site for full details.  Phone: 1-800-795-4559

Lilly Cares Program - A program for diabetics that cannot afford their insulin. Lilly offers free, 3-month supply of insulin, the possibility of renewal. Eligibility determined by consultation with your doctor who needs to call Lilly Cares at 1-800-545-6962.  May cover Humulog and Humilin insulin and glucagon.

Lilly Cares
PO Box 230999
Centerville, VA 20120
1-(800) 545-6962 (phone)

Lilly Cares is a patient assistance program provided by Lilly. As part of the company's efforts to provide access to our products for legal U.S. residents regardless of their ability to pay, we created a program to offer free medication, through physicians, to patients who are otherwise unable to obtain our products. Lilly Cares assists patients who are uninsured and whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Most Lilly products are available through the program.
Eligibility is based on the patient's inability to pay and lack of third-party drug payment assistance, including insurance, Medicaid and government, community, or private programs and cannot be eligible for Medicare. Applications are available to anyone and must be completed and signed by the patient and the physician. Patients can download a blank application from the Lilly Cares website or applications can be faxed to you by calling 1-800-545-6962.

Lilly Canada Cares - Lilly Canada Cares Insulin Assistance Program (Note: Individual must apply to this program through a Health professional only - such as a Diabetes Educator). Phone: 1 (888) 479 7587 ext. 3006 (Information line for Health Care Professionals). This program will provide insulin to patients who cannot afford it and do not have government or private insurance (approximately 3 month supply). Those eligible for this assistance include patients requiring insulin whose household incomes fall below Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off levels AND who do not have other government or private health insurance. The supply will be delivered to the designated Diabetes Education Centre for the individual to pick up. If the need is still present after three months the individual, with their Health Care Professional can reapply.  

Product Covered
: Most Lilly prescription products and insulin
Lilly Cares Program Administrator P.O. Box 23099
Centreville VA 20120 Toll Free #: (800) 545-6962
Eligibility: Patients must be U.S. residents. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with each prescribing physician. Eligibility is based on the patient's inability to pay and lack of third-party drug payment assistance, including insurance, Medicaid, government-subsidized clinics, and other government, community, or private programs. Inpatients and those who can obtain drug reimbursement from any source are not eligible. Requests for replacement drugs cannot be honored. Medications are provided directly to the physician for dispensing to the patient. Quantity of supply is dependent upon type of product being prescribed. All Lilly medications must be used as recommended in product labeling.
Other Program Information:Forms to qualify a patient for the program will be provided to the physician. On this form, the physician is requested to provide prescription information, including signature and DEA number, and to confirm the patient's ineligibility for other forms of outpatient drug coverage. Additionally, the patient is requested to provide pertinent information and state financial need. Subsequent request for same patient requires another prescription and restatement of medical and financial need. Program guidelines may be subject to change.

Everyone’s RX – This site’s program offers access to reduced cost American brand name medications to U.S residents that financially qualify.  Typically, people making less than $25,000 per household or $16,000 for a single person can be assisted.  The program offers prescription assistance for low income patients, information on medication research, access to medical care for pre-existing health conditions, pharmacy aid to community clinics, and pharmacy discounts to their patient members.

Free Medicine Foundation - Charges $10.00 to apply for each free presciption.  "As advocates for patients seeking prescription medicine assistance, Free Medicine Foundation is committed to getting the word out and helping patients apply for free medicine.  A volunteer organization that puts people in touch with sponsors willing to supply free medication.

Product Covered:
Prograf capsules (tacrolimus, FK506)
c/o Covance Health Economics & Outcomes Services P.O. Box 7710 Washington DC 20044-7710 Toll Free #: (800) 477-6472
Eligibility: Fujsawa Healthcare, Inc. developed the Prograf Patient Assistance Program to help improve access to oral Prograf for patients who have no health insurance for Prograf and limited financial resources. To be eligible for the program, patients must meet income and insurance criteria set by Fujisawa Healthcare. Please call the Prograf Reimbursement Hotline (800-4-PROGRAF) for an application or for information about eligibility. If you describe a patient's insurance and financial situation, Hotline staff can determine whether the patient is likely to qualify for the Program Patient Assistance Program.
Other Program Information:To enroll a patient, physicians must first register with the program. Registered physicians may enroll patients by submitting a patient enrollment form and a prescription. If approved, the patient will receive two 90-day shipments of Prograf from a mail-order pharmacy affiliated with the program. The pharmacy will bill the patient $20 per shipment for expenses associated with dispensing the shipping the product. If continued assistance is required after six months, the
physician must reapply for the patient.

Product Covered:
Gemzar Patient Assistance Program Toll Free #: (800)
Eligibility:Applications for the program are available by calling the toll-free Gemzar Hotline. Applicants determined to be eligible based on program income criteria will be approved on the basis of these additional criteria; no medical insurance, and ineligible for any programs with a drug benefit provision, including Medicaid, third-party insurance, Medicare, and all other programs have denied coverage for Gemzar in writing, and all appeals have been exhausted.

Product Covered:
Pulmozyme (dornase alfa) Genentech Endowment for Cystic Fibrosis
4828 Parkway Plaza Blvd., Charlotte NC 28217-1969 Toll Free #: (800) 297-5557
Eligibility: The Endowment offers three programs designed to meet the special needs of the cystic fibrosis (CF) population. If you are uninsured, the Endowment offers an Uninsured Patient Program. You may also be eligible for this program if you have insurance but the policy has certain coverage limitations, such as no drug benefit. If you have insurance, you may qualify for assistance through the Co-payment Assistance Program. This program assists qualifying patients with Pulmozyme out-of-pocket co-payment requirements based upon a sliding scale adjusted for income, family size, and other pre-established criteria. Both uninsured and underinsured patients may benefit from the premium Assistance Program. This program assists qualifying patients with insurance premium costs. Assistance levels are based upon a sliding scale.
Other Program Information: Patients may be enrolled in only one program at a time. In addition to the programs described above, the Endowment assists qualifying patients with the purchase of nebulizers and compressors for Pulmozyme and administration.

Product Covered:
Activase (Alteplase), Herceptin (Trastuzumab), Nutropin, Genentech Assistance Program Nutropin AQ, Protropin, Rituxan & TNKase
P.O. Box 2586, South San CA 94083-2586 Toll Free #: (800) 879-4747
Eligibility: For consideration of eligibility for the Genentech Assistance Program, the patient must not be eligible for public or private insurance reimbursement and must meet income restrictions.
Other Program Information:For reimbursement assistance for Nutropin, Nutropin AQ, or Protropin, the physician must contact the Single Point of Contact (SPCO) Reimbursement Department at (800) 545-0488. For reimbursement assistance for Activase or TNKase, an application must be completed by the treating hospital. For furtherinformation and assistance the physician may contact the Genetch Reimbursement Hotline at (800) 530-3083. For reimbursement assistance for Herceptin or Rituxan, an application must be completed and signed by the treating physician.

Product Covered:
Benefix Coagulation Factor IX (recombinant)
The BENEFIX Reimbursement & Information Program
1101 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria VA 22314 Telephone #: (888) 999-2349
Eligibility: The program is designed to provide temporary assistance to patients who meet the predetermined eligibility criteria. Eligible patients must be without prescription drug coverage from a third-party payer. Patients who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible for a period of 90 days, at which time they must requalify for the program.
Other Program Information:Application forms are sent to physicians who are treating specific patients who may qualify for the program. Application forms must be signed by the patient
and physician prior to returning to the program.

Product Covered:
Ceredase (alglucerase injection) Cerezyme (imiglucerase for)
c/o Wytske Kingma, M.D.-Medical Affairs injection)
One Kendall Square Cambridge MA 01239-1562 Toll Free #: (800) 745-4447, ext 17808
All Arkansas Counties
Eligibility: Based on financial and medical need. Must be uninsured and lack the financial means to purchase the drug. In order to maintain eligibility, patients and their families are expected to continue exploring alternative funding options with the Genzyme Case Management specialist. These options include private insurance, government programs and/or charitable sources.
Other Program Information:The CAP Program is considered a temporary funding program.

Product Covered:
Reimbursement Support & Assistance Program Toll Free #: 800-226-2056
Eligibility: Gilead Sciences Reimbursement Support and Assistance Program is designed to assist both insured and uninsured patients in receiving reimbursement for VISTIDE or DAUOXOME. To determine eligibility for this program, physicians or patients may request a Patient Assistance Program application for VISTIDE or DAUOXOME, and mail or fax the completed form to Gilead Sciences Reimbursement Support and Assistance Program.
Other Program Information:The program offers insurance claims assistance, referrals for financial support, referrals to AIDS service agencies. Support specialists consult with insured patients and their physicians regarding prior authorization or third-party insurance claims, contact insurance companies on behalf of patients and contact patients and physicians to offer appeal procedures.

GlaxoSmithKline - Makers of Avandia (rosiglitazone) and Avandimet (combo of Metformin and Avandia).  Two programs offered:  GlaxoWellcome Patient Assistance Program and the SmithKline Foundation Access to Care - 1-800-546-0420; 1-800-729-4544

Product Covered:
All marketed Glaxo Wellcome prescription products Glaxo Wellcome Inc.
Patient Assistance Program
P.O. Box 52185 Phoenix AZ 85072-2185 Toll Free #: (800) 722-9294
: All Arkansas Counties
Eligibility: The Glaxo Wellcome Patient Assistance Program has been established to provide short-term assistance to eligible patients until alternative funding can be found. All Glaxo Wellcome medications used in an outpatient setting are available. The Glaxo Wellcome Patient Assistance Program is a philanthropic activity of Glaxo Wellcome. The Program is intended to serve patients who do not have drug benefits through private insurance or government-funded programs. The Patient Assistance Program is not intended to replace government programs.
Other Program Information: The Glaxo Wellcome Patient Assistance Program not only provides medications but also provides reimbursement services to help patients locate other payment sources that may provide more comprehensive health care coverage. Health care advocates should fill out the application form and call 1-800-722-9294 to enroll patients. Completed applications are reviewed against the company's established criteria on a case-by-case basis. Income eligibility is based upon multiples of the federal poverty level adjusted for household size. The only fee that patients are required to pay to participate in the program is a nominal pharmacy co-payment. Program benefits for outpatient products are provided through pharmacies. Injectable products are provided to the health care provider via direct product shipment.

Product Covered:
Amoxil, Augmentin, Avandia, Bactroban, Compazine, Coreg, SmithKline Beecham Foundation Access to Care Dyazide, Famvir, Paxil, Relafin, Requip & Tagamet
c/o Express Scripts/SDS
P.O. Maryland MO 63043-8564 Toll Free #: (800) 546-0420
Eligibility:The patient has a medical condition for which the medication is needed. The patient has represented that his/her annual household income is under $25,000. The cost of the patient's prescription is not fully covered by medical insurance, government aid (e.g. Medicare) or private programs, and in the opinion of the treating physician, the cost of this therapy may impose significant hardship on the patient or result in noncompliance with treatment.
Other Program Information: Application forms can be obtained by calling 1-800-546-0420. The patient and the physician fill out the application and should be sure to include all information. Incomplete forms will be returned. Both patient and physician must sign the form. The physician indicates the strength and dosage of the requested product on the prescription. A separate form and prescription must be sent for each individual. All requests must be submitted on an original SB
Foundation Access to Care form. Photocopies of the application will not be accepted under any circumstances. Reapplications are required. The product will be sent to the patient's home and will require a signature upon delivery. Third-party requests will not be honored.

GlaxoSmithKline - Bridge to Access is a patient assistance program for non-oncology medicines, provides GSK prescription medicines to eligible low-income patients without prescription drug benefits. To apply via phone, call 1-866-PATIENT to receive by fax or mail.

Bridges to Access
PO Box 29038 , Phoenix, AZ  85038-9038
Phone:  1-866-PATIENT(728-4368)

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