Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines, but there are assistance programs available that are government based and privately sponsored.
Express Savings Pharmacy
Express Savings Pharmacy was born from a realization that numerous patients were failing to follow up after being prescribed medication by their physicians. They found a way to streamline the whole process in order to make it easier for everyone to heal. To learn more visit their website.
Find out what makes them better than the rest including:
- Most insurances accepted, including Medicaid and Workman's Compensation
- Up to a 40% discount on generic cashed-out prescriptions
- FREE prescription delivery
- Next day out-of-stock medication fulfillment
- Simple prescription transfers
- Free blood pressure monitoring
- Health care counseling, advice, and free brochures
- Popular "no prescription necessary" medications available, such as Tylenol and NyQuil
- Specialized services for HIV and Hep-C patients, including after-hours appointments
- Comfortable kid-friendly waiting room with refreshments available
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them - free of charge. Many patients will get their medications at no cost or at discounted prices. To learn more visit their website.
RX Cut Plus Program
The RxCut® Plus program provides you FREE access to savings of up to 87% on your prescription medications. Anyone with or without insurance coverage can take the RxCut Plus card to a participating pharmacy and receive immediate savings on their medication. Visit the website to find participating pharmacies in your area, download special coupons and offers, and print your RxCut Plus savings card. There are no eligibility requirements for this program. It is open to everyone. Click here for more information.
The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Saving Program - FamilyWize cards are being distributed free of charge nationwide by participating United Ways, community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, businesses and some pharmacies. This card can save you and your family an average of up to 30% or more on 8 out of 10 prescriptions. Participants may use the card as often as needed, for any prescription, for every family member. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required. Click here to see the discounted price of medications, a list of participating pharmacies and to download your FamilyWize card today.
Together RX Access
Together Rx Access® Card - Thousands of eligible hardworking people with no prescription drug coverage are now saving on the medicines they need with the Together Rx Access® Card. To be eligible for this program you cannot be a Medicare cardholder nor have any other prescription drug coverage of any kind and you must meet income eligibility requirements. Learn more about this program and see income eligibility guidelines, access a list of medications covered, find a participating pharmacy in your area and sign up for your card here.
Retail-Specific Prescription Savings Program
Walmart Pharmacies provide many prescriptions for $4.00. For a complete list of medications, click here.
Compare prices before you buy
N.J. Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry will help consumers compare the retail prices charged by many pharmacies for the 150 most-frequently prescribed prescription drugs. By comparing prices here, consumers can see what a pharmacy has reported to the State that it charged for a specific prescription drug. Comparing the prices listed in this registry will help a consumer find the pharmacy in his or her area with the lowest retail price for a specific prescription drug.
To use this registry all you need to know is the name of the medication, its dosage, and your town or zip code. Once you’ve identified this information, you’ll be able to search the database and get a listing of the prices being reported by area pharmacies. To learn more and access the registry visit the website listed above or call 800-242-5846.
Pharmaceutical Companies Provide Assistance
A number of pharmaceutical companies are trying to help ease the burden of prescription medications as well. The following programs were designed with income eligibility requirements and are only for those without prescription insurance coverage. All say they are willing to make allowances for people who are facing medical or financial hardships. You must be taking a medication produced by the pharmaceutical company in order to be considered for assistance. You can see if you qualify for assistance by contacting them directly or visiting their Web sites for more information.
County Wellness Discount Programs
Residents of Atlantic County will receive on average 24% off retail prices on prescription drugs for themselves and their pets if they enroll in the Atlantic County Prescription Discount Program. If you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover To learn more call 877.321.2652 or visit their website.
Save on prescription drugs, eye care, hearing aids and more. This free program is open to Bergen County residents as well as all NJ residents and there is no age or income requirement. To learn more call 201.336.7400 or visit their website.
American Medicine Chest
It is essential to responsibly discard unused medications before they get into the wrong hands or pollute the environment. The American Medicine Chest Challenge, a community based public health initiative, provides a unified national, statewide, and local focus on the issue of medicine abuse by children and teens. It is designed to generate unprecedented media attention to the issue of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse and to challenge all Americans to take the 5 Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:
- Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
- Secure your medicine chest.
- Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
- Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
To learn more, call 877.919.AMCC (2622) or visit their website.