Pay it Forward - When Someone Can't afford Medication

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In these econonmic times thousands, if not millions, of Americans are struggling with basic medical care. Many are faced with the choice of putting food on the table or medication. In truth, there have been times over the past two years where I have been faced with the same dilemma. All too often people choose to go off medication due to the hight cost, putting themselves and their family at risk.

The biggest challenge is that these people make too much to qualify for public healthcare, but too little to be able to afford healthcare on their own. It's a major catch 22 and the recent health care bill just made the situation worse!

On with the Pay it forward story. I heard about a friend of my daughters who has a dibilitating anxiety condition. Without medication she cannot function. Unfortunately here insurance went away with the downturn in the economy so it's been a struggle maintaining medication. About two months ago she was able to quailfy for a county program that covered her medication. That lasted all of a month before they terminated her for pre-exsisting conditions.

Sadly she was faced with having to go off medications and was planning on becoming non-functioning. She had tried emailing Pfizer with no luck or response. With only two weeks of medication left, on a whim, I asked what medication she is on. Effexor XR. I searched Google and found a program where Pfizer offers $4.00 co-pays for qualified patients. Pfizer will cover the rest.

I sent the link and low and behold, it worked.

Turns out every major drug company has programs in place to help patients that can't afford medication. You have to dig a little bit to find it, but they exsist. Here are a few links that I found.

Pfizer - Patient Assistance Programs

Norvartis - Patient Assistance Now

Merck - Patient Assistance Programs

GlaxoSmithKline - Cares Program

Eli Lilly - Serving Patients/Patients Assistance Programs

Bristol-Myers Squibb - Patient Assistance Programs

Please add any others in the comment section below and I will add it to the list.

Sure felt good to be able to make a difference!
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Comments (4)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Kate~  We had a program here for a short period of time that covered all medications for certain individuals.  I blogged about it hoping it may help someone.  Good for you for helping someone else be able to function!

Jan 02, 2011 11:17 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Kate, What a wonderful way to pay it forward but it seems like this should be a public post as so many people can use it.

Jan 02, 2011 01:42 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Vickie, thanks for stopping by.  I hope that it helps someone.

Marchel, you are right, I made it public.  Happy New Year

Jan 02, 2011 08:07 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Although I'm not happy to know that 1/4 of our population is relegated to some type of prescription medicine the great strides in treating mental health through drugs is very promising.  These resources you've provided are a godsend to many Kate. You've paid it forward for many!  

Jan 03, 2011 03:15 AM