Advocacy

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 co-pay. 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.

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

 

Genentech and Novartis (Xolair)

866-422-2377

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

No

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

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

 

Mylan (EpiPen®, generic epinephrine auto-injector)

 

No

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

Pfizer

New patients: 844-989-PATH (7284)

 

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Sanofi (DUPIXENT®)

855-202-3186

Check with organization for more details

A copay assistance program depending on eligibility

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

 

No

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

 

Kroger RX Savings Club

855-912-6346

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

Yes, except members in Washington state

 

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 – $35 a year for a family membership

No

 

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

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Nonprofit Copay and Premium Assistance

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

Chronic Disease Fund

877-968-7233

Not at this time

Not at this time

 

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

Healthwell Foundation

800-675-8416

Not at this time

Not at this time

 

NeedyMeds

800-503-6897

Check with organization for more details

Check with organization for more details

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Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Web-based only

Yes, for eligible individuals

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

 

Patient Access Network Foundation

866-316-7263

Not at this time

Yes

Offers copay or insurance premium 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 only for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Yes

Offers copay or insurance premium assistance

RX Outreach

888-796-1234

Provides discounted medicines for eligible patients with asthma

Yes

 

RXAssist Patient Assistant Program Center

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

Directory of patient assistance programs

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)

Web-based search engine to find state contact numbers

Check with organization for more details

Check with organization for more details

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

 

The Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria

List of asthma medicine assistance programs

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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

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)

Web-based search engine to find state contact numbers

Check with organization for more details

Check with organization for more details

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 Benefits Assistance

Web-based only

Check with organization for more details

Yes

Tool to find programs that help with medicines and health care costs

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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 January 2019