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Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs to provide prescription medicines free of charge to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines. Each company determines the eligibility criteria for its program. Eligibility criteria and application processes vary.

For information on available medications or the criteria or application process, your physician should contact the pharmaceutical company(ies). Following is a partial list of companies who are members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) who offer patient assistance programs, along with the telephone numbers for these programs.

If you are unsure which pharmaceutical company makes the drug you are looking for, please contact your local pharmacy.

  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company (800) 332-2056
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica (800) 544-2987
  • Eli Lilly and Company (800) 545-6962
  • Parke-Davis (908) 725-1247
  • Pfizer Inc. (800) 646-4455
  • Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc (800) 242-7014
  • GlaxoSmithKline (800) 546-0420
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc (800) 788-9277
  • Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (800) 424-3727

(Source of data: PhRMA 1998 Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs)

Other Assistance Programs

  • Lilly Answers (877) 795-4559 Provides flat-fee prescriptions to people with Medicare.
  • The Medicine Program (573) 996-7300 Assists people in applying to multiple patient assistance programs.
  • Pfizer for Living Sharecard (800) 717-6005 Provides flat-fee prescriptions to people with Medicare.
  • HelpingPatients.org Interactive Web site by PhRMA and 48 of its member companies designed to help you find patient assistance programs.
  • AyudandoPacientes.org Un sitio Web interactivo que PhRMA y sus 48 empresas miembras ponen a su disposición. Este sitio fue diseñado para ayudarle a buscar programas de asistencia a pacientes que reunan los requisitos de elegibilidad.

Please be aware that other, non-member pharmaceutical companies may also sponsor similar programs. To contact other companies, consult a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR), available at your physician's office and at many public libraries.

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