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According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabaetes spend an average of $13,243 a year on health care expenses.
Many states have laws requiring that insurance companies cover diabetes care products. This includes syringes, test strips, lancing devices, and test meters in addition to medications. Items typically not covered include glucose tablets, supplements recommended by your physician, diabetes medical alert accessories, insulin pump wear (but insulin pumps should be covered), bandaids, alcohol pads, and numbing creams. To see a list of which states have laws governing diabetes coverage see our Legal Resources page.
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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, of there may be certain changes in restrictions for qualifying for assistance.
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Animas Corporation - Insulin pumps and supplies through the Diabetes Trust Fund (for children 21 and under with current health care coverage). 1-877-YES-PUMP (937-7867), ask to speak to Anne Barton at extension 1149.
AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program - Offers a variety of assistance programs including:
AstraZeneca also lists the following assistance resource links:
Bayer Corporation - Precose (acarbose) - Bayer Patient Assistance Program - 1-800-998-9180 - Glucophage (metformin hydrocloride) and Glucovance - Bristol- Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.- 1-800-736-0003
Charles Ray III Diabetes Association offers free diabetes supplies for those that cannot afford the cost, all over the world. Pumps and pump supplies available here.
Children With Diabetes Foundation - Has a new program that assists families in need for up to three months. Make tax-deductible donations or complete and assistance application online.
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)
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
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.
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
Insulin-Pumpers.org, is the largest nonprofit organization serving the needs of insulin pumpers world-wide. They are almost exclusively run by dedicated volunteers and offer financial assistance through their Insulin Pumpers Foundation program. Visit their main site for more information.
Insulin Pumps for Underinsured Mellitus Patients (IPump.org, Inc.) - A nonprofit company (supported in part by Islets of Hope) that works with insulin pump companies to help qualified, underinsured, insulin-dependent patients obtain insulin pumps. IPump.org, Inc. also provides emergency diabetes care supplies and partial reimbursement for diabetes medications to qualifying individuals. (Another good reason to support Islets of Hope!)
IPump.org is in process of obtaining their nonprofit 501(c)(3) status so all their programs are not yet fully funded. Contact the Assistance Program Director, email@example.com for more information about programs currently funded.
Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program – A program under Medicare offering free foot-care for diabetics. The coverage includes a specialized shoe program to help prevent complications for people with diabetes and those with foot problems. Under the program patients are entitled to (annually) one pair of customized shoes, two sets of inserts, and a fitting by a podiatrist or shoe specialist. Patients can order molded or a depth shoe.
Medtronic Mini-Med - For Insulin pumps and supplies through their Mini-Med Financial Assistance Program. For more information call Medtronic at 1-800-MINI-MED.
Merck and Co., Inc. - The Merck Patient Assistance Program - 1-908-423-1000
Novartis - Starlix - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Patient Assistance Program - 1-800-277-2254
Offers free, 3-month supply of insulin, the possibility of renewal. Eligibility determined by consultation with your doctor who should call Novo Nordisk at 1-800-727-6500. NovoNordisk is the maker of Prandin (repaglinide), Novolin (insulin), Novolog (insulin). Two programs offered: Patient Assistance Program (Insulin products) and the Indigent Program Administrator (Prandin).
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) - The program brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program to obtain free, or at-cost medications. The PPA site offers an online questionnaire to determine program eligibility from more 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669). Espanol
Pfizer - This company offers a prescription drug "Share Card" to qualifying patients that permits them to purchase a 30-day supply of any Pfizer prescription medicine for only $15.00 per prescribed medication. Pfizer makes the sulfonylureas, Diabinese (chlorpropamide) and Glucotrol and Glucotrol XL (glipizide). Over 44,000 pharmacies participate in the program. Applicants must be enrolled in Medicare and meet income requirements. Download their .pdf guide to the program. 1-800-707-8990.
The Connection to Care Program may cover: Glucotrol (glipizide), Glucotrol XL (glipizide – extended release), Diabinese (chlorpropamide), Glucamide, Metaglip (combo of Metformin and Glipizide)
Pharmacia a subsidiary of Pfizer may provide assistance for Glyset (miglitol), Micronase (glyburide), Tolinase, Orinase, DiaBeta. Please contact Pfizer for information about the Pharmacia assistance programs. 1-800-707-8990
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and its member companies sponsor an interactive website with information on drug assistance programs at www.helpingpatients.org. Phone: (202) 835-3400;
The following information comes from the The National Federation for the Blind:
Roche Laboratories Inc. - Roche Laboratories Patient Assistance Program - 1-800-285-4484
Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - For Amaryl (glimepiride) and Lantus (insulin) - Lovenox Patient Assistance Program and the Aventis Patient Assistance Program - 1-888-632-8607; 1-888-875-9951
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America - Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride - Takeda Patient Assistance Program - 1-800-830-9159
Together Rx Prescription Savings Program – Offers a free prescription discount card (20-40% off many name brands, additional discounts off generic drugs) to senior citizens. See site for full list of eligibility requirements.
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Page Updated 04/27/2006