Drug Assistance Programs

Many pharmaceutical companies, state programs and nonprofits have drug assistance programs (PAPs) that offer free or low-cost medicines if you don’t have insurance or are underinsured and can’t afford your medicine. 

Programs and program benefits vary. Depending on your insurance and medicine, you may be eligible for help to reduce their medicine copay. You may qualify for free medicines if you do not have health insurance, do not have enough health insurance to cover your medicines or meet certain criteria.

Below is a list of several organizations and programs that may be able to help you cover the cost of your asthma medicines.

Note: The links below go to websites outside of aafa.org. Listed programs and benefits may change at any time. Contact the programs directly to see if you qualify.

Drug Company Assistance Programs

Pharmacy Drug Savings Programs

Nonprofit Copay and Premium Assistance

State Drug Assistance Programs

Regional Chapters of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Drug Company Assistance Programs

Company/Medicine Toll-Free Number Medicare/Medicaid Patients Eligible? More Information

AstraZeneca (Pulmicort®, Symbicort®, FASENRA®)

800-AZandMe (292-6363)

Yes, for eligible individuals

A copay program and an assistance program are available depending on eligibility

Genentech and Novartis (Xolair)

888-941-3331

Yes, for eligible individuals

A copay program and an assistance program are available depending on eligibility

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) (ADVAIR®, Flovent®, Serevent®, Ventolin®)

888-825-5249

Medicare only

Only available to people with no prescription drug benefits through any insurer/payer/program; income limits apply

Merck Helps™ (Asmanex®, Dulera®, Nasonex, Proventil®, Singulair®)

800-727-5400

No

 

Mylan (EpiPen®, generic epinephrine auto-injector)

800-796-9526  

Yes, if you do not have prescription insurance coverage through Medicaid, Medicare Part D or other insurance

See our list of all available epinephrine auto-injectors and their patient assistance programs

Pfizer

New patients: 844-989-PATH (7284)

Yes, if you do not have prescription insurance coverage through Medicaid, Medicare Part D or other insurance  

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Sanofi (DUPIXENT®)

844‑387‑4936 (option 1)

Only if your insurance does not cover DUPIXENT

A copay assistance program depending on eligibility

Teva Pharmaceuticals (QVAR®) Teva Cares Foundation
Teva Savings Card for QVAR® Redihaler

877-237-4881  

Yes, if you do not have prescription insurance coverage through Medicaid, Medicare Part D or other insurance

A copay program and an assistance program are available depending on eligibility

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Pharmacy Drug Savings Programs

Pharmacy Program Name Toll-Free Number Membership Cost? Medicare/Medicaid Patients Eligible? More Information

Blink Health

844-792-6701

No

Yes

 

Good RX

855-268-2822

No

Yes

You can also sign up for GoodRx Gold, their premium membership, for a monthly fee  

Kroger RX Savings Club

855-912-6346

Yes – Individuals = $36/year; Families up to 6 members = $72/year

Yes, but the Kroger Rx Savings Club cannot be combined with any federal or state-funded programs such as Medicare or Medicaid

Washington State residents are not eligible  

Publix – Chronically Free/Next Best Thing to Free

Call your local Publix pharmacy

No

Check with organization for more details

Some medicines are free or $2.50 per month with a doctor’s prescription

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

866-922-7312

Yes, $20 individual or $35 family per year

No

Includes Duane Reade locations; Stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Washington, Missouri and South Carolina are not participating in this program  

Walmart $4 Prescriptions Program

Call your local Walmart pharmacy

No

Check with organization for more details

Some medicines are $4 per month or $10 for three-month supply. NOTE: North Dakota locations do not participate in this program

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Nonprofit Copay and Premium Assistance

Organization Toll-Free Number Funds Available for Asthma? Medicare/Medicaid Patients Eligible? More Information

Good Days

877-968-7233

Not at this time

Not at this time

Copay, travel, premium and diagnostic testing assistance  

Extra Help (Social Security Administration)

800-772-1213
(TTY 800-325-0778)

Check with organization for more details

Yes, for eligible individuals

To qualify you must receive Medicare, have limited resources and income, and live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. If you have Medicare and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare and Medicaid, you may not be eligible

Healthwell Foundation

800-675-8416

Not at this time

Not at this time

 

NeedyMeds

800-503-6897

Yes. Check with organization for more details

Some – check with each individual organization for more details

List of patient assistance programs and their eligibility requirements –ayuda disponible en español

PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) - Partnership for Prescription Assistance

888-477-2669

Yes, for eligible individuals

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

 

Patient Access Network Foundation

866-316-7263

Varies depending on the specific medicine

Yes, for eligible individuals

Offers copay, insurance premium and travel assistance

Patient Advocate Foundation

866-512-3861

Not at this time

Yes, when funds are available

Patient must be insured by Medicare, Medicaid or military benefits, and insurance must cover the medicine for which patient seeks assistance

Patient Services Incorporated

800-366-7741

Funds for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (among other respiratory illnesses)

Yes, for eligible individuals

Offers copay, insurance premium, travel and additional items assistance

Rx Outreach

888-796-1234

Yes

Yes

Provides discounted medicines for eligible patients with asthma (and other illnesses)  

RxAssist Patient Assistant Program Center

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Some – each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

Directory of patient assistance programs

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)

877-839-2675

Check with organization for more details

Yes, for eligible individuals

Free insurance counseling and assistance with Medicare

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Yes

List of states that help with drug plan premiums and/or other drug costs

The Assistance Fund

855-845-3663

Not at this time

Check with organization for more details

This organization helps with your out-of-pocket costs such as copays, coinsurance, premiums, deductibles and incidental medical expenses  

The Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

414-337-4570 (not toll free)

Yes

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

They compile coupons and prescription assistance information to help patients and families find free or reduced-cost asthma medicines.

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State Drug Assistance Programs

Organization Toll-Free Number Funds Available for Asthma? Medicare/Medicaid Patients Eligible? More Information

Extra Help (Social Security Administration)

800-772-1213
(TTY 800-325-0778)

Check with organization for more details

Yes, for eligible individuals

To qualify you must receive Medicare, have limited resources and income, and live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; If you have Medicare and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare and Medicaid, you may not be eligible

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)

877-839-2675

Check with organization for more details

Yes, for eligible individuals

Free insurance counseling and assistance with Medicare

Medicare Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Yes

List of states that help with drug plan premiums and/or other drug costs

National Council on Aging

571-527-3900 (not toll free)

Check with organization for more details

Yes

Programs are for seniors and/or people with certain chronic conditions; The programs assist low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in paying for their prescription drugs

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AAFA Regional Chapters

The AAFA New England Chapter has more information on drug assistance for Massachusetts residents. 

The AAFA St. Louis Chapter offers assistance to eligible children and young adults in certain Missouri or Illinois counties.

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Updated May 2020