The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers programs that help cancer patients, family members, and friends cope with the treatment decisions and emotional challenges they face.
Internet site: www.cancer.org
The Brain Tumor Society is a national nonprofit agency that provides information about brain tumors and related conditions for patients and their families. Financial assistance is given through the agency's BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program. This program provides supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This program covers specific nonmedical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses are not covered.
Internet site: http://www.tbts.org
CancerCare is a national nonprofit agency that offers free support, information, financial assistance, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. Financial assistance is given in the form of limited grants for certain treatment expenses.
Internet site: http://www.cancercare.org/get_help/assistance/cc_financial.php
Celgene Patient Support
Celgene Patient Support® provides free and personalized assistance for patients' access and reimbursement needs.
Chronic Disease Fund (CDF)
The Chronic Disease Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need.
Telephone: (972) 712-0201
Internet site: http://cdfund.org/
The Healthwell Foundation
The HealthWell Foundation® is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps individuals afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care costs.
Internet site: www.healthwellfoundation.org
Imerman Angels is a one-on-on cancer support service that partners a person fighting cancer (“fighter”) with someone who’s beaten the same type of cancer (“survivor”).
Internet site: www.imermanangels.org
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Financial Assistance and Other Resources for People With Cancer
Listing of Government agencies, organizations, and programs that are designed to provide assistance for cancer patients and their families.
Internet site: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/support/financial-assistance
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.
Internet site: https://www.pparx.org/about.php
Patient Access Network Foundation (PANF)
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit established in 2004, dedicated to assisting patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment needs. With 20 disease-specific funds, PAN assists the underinsured in accessing health care treatments.
Telephone: 866-316-PANF (7263)
Internet site: www.patientaccessnetwork.org
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.
Internet site: http://www.patientadvocate.org/
Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs
Some pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drug programs to make specific drugs available to people who could not otherwise afford them. Generally, your doctor must apply to these programs on your behalf. However, you can call and obtain the applications and information to help speed the process. Eligibility requirements and program operations vary greatly from one program to another.
Following are listings of pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs for some of the drugs commonly used by people with lung cancer.
Amgen’s patient assistance programs are a continuum of services designed to provide access through free goods and other support services to qualifying uninsured and under-insured patients. In addition, Amgen makes donations to third-party co-pay assistance foundations. To enroll, please call the appropriate hotline number listed below or learn more about available programs by choosing a product from the menu below.
Internet site: http://www.amgen.com/patients/assistance.html
The sanofi-aventis patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the sanofi-aventis patient assistance program, register for free at www.RxAssist.org.
The Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance register for free at www.RxAssist.org.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The Foundation was established in 1998 to provide temporary assistance to qualifying patients with a financial hardship who generally have no private prescription drug insurance and are not enrolled in a prescription drug coverage plan through Medicaid or any other federal, state or local health program.
Interent site: http://www.bmspaf.org/
Eli Lilly and Company
For Gemzar® and Alimta®, Lilly provides assistance with obtaining reimbursement. If patients do not have insurance and are unable to obtain other financial assistance, they may be eligible to obtain Lilly oncology products through our patient assistance program. For information about obtaining reimbursement assistance and patient assistance, visit the Gemzar or Alimta websites.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug Program
Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trial and who are in an immediate medical crisis may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved. Your doctor would have to apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug, an approval known as a Single Patient IND for Compassionate or Emergency Use. Contact information appears below. The FDA usually responds to an application within 24 to 48 hours.
Telephone: CDER Oncology Drug Products (most cancer drugs): 301-594-2473
CBER Oncology Branch (for biologicals): 301-827-5093
Internet site: www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/singleIND.htm
Genentech Access Solutions helps patients access their medicines and explore possible solutions to coverage or reimbursement issues. For patients and their health care providers, Genentech Access Solutions provides: coverage and reimbursement, patient assistance, and informational resources. Call (866) 4 ACCESS / (866) 422-2377 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or 24/7 through our website https://www.genentechaccesssolutions.com/index_pc.jsp
“GSK For You" features information on patient assistance programs from other resources, too. Please browse our site to see if you may be eligible to save on your prescription drugs. GSK is here to assist you with your prescription drug coverage needs.
Internet site: http://www.gskforyou.com/index.htm
The MedImmune, Inc. patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the MedImmune, Inc., register at www.RxAssist.org.
Merck & Company, Inc.
Merck Patient Assistance Program
Sometimes, affording prescription medicines can be difficult. That's why at Merck, we have created the Patient Assistance Program—to keep affordable medicines within your reach. This private and confidential program provides medicine free of charge to eligible individuals, primarily the uninsured who, without our assistance, could not afford needed Merck medicines.
Internet site: http://www.merck.com/merckhelps/patientassistance/home.html
Novartis Oncology Reimbursement Program
Novartis is committed to providing access to our medications for those most in need through the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's Patient Assistance Program (PAP). PAP provides assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third party insurance coverage for their medicines.
Internet site: http://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/about-us/our-patient-caregiver-resources/index.jsp
Ortho Biotech Products
The OrthoBiotech Products patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the OrthoBiotech Products register at www.RxAssist.org.
TreatFirst is a reimbursement counseling and patient assistance program for Pharmacia Corporation’s single-source oncology and supportive care therapy products. The program is designed to provide reimbursement support and assist patients who are financially needy, receiving outpatient care in the US by a US physician.
Internet site: http://www.patientsinneed.com/general_info.asp
The Purdue Pharma patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the Purdue Pharma patient assistance program, at www.RxAssist.org.