Patient Assistance Programs for MEDICINES

geral Member Posts: 130
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi everyone!
I hope the following info will help some of you. Thankfully, AstraZeneca helped me!
When I was taking Tamoxifen, I was approved by AstraZeneca, the mfr. of Nolvadex (Tamoxifen), to receive Tamoxifen at no charge for 1 year through their patient assistance program. I found out about this program thru my dear friend, Alice, who is also a BC surivivor.
About 1 year later, I was delighted to find assistance for her. She's been battling metastasis to her liver for the last 3 years, so her oncologist switched her from Tamoxifen to Femara. She was approved for a 'Together Rx' card which covers Femara. This allows her to pay only $12-$15 (I forget the exact amt.) per month!
Some Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) are only available if you are on Medicare and have no other prescription coverage. Others are solely based on your income. Income level requirements vary according to mfr. or savings program from below $18,000/individual ($24,000/couple) to below $30,00/individual ($40,000/couple).
The best thing to do is to find out from your pharmacist the mfrs. of the meds you are taking and go on-line to those mfrs. websites or give them a call to see if they have a PAP.
Here are some websites or phone #'s:

AstraZeneca Foundation 1-800-424-3727
GlaxoSmithKline Orange Card 1-888-672-6436
Eli Lilly & Co. ''
Novartis Care Card ''
Pfizer for Living ''

The following card may be used for several mfrs. such as Abbott, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Bristol-Myers, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis:
Together Rx Card ''

I don't know about you, but these cancer expenses and not being able to work have wiped me out! I think we need all the help we can get.
Take care,


  • 24242
    24242 Member Posts: 1,398
    I think this will go along way in helping others who have this same need. Thanks so much for putting it out there for others benefit.
  • nasa2537
    nasa2537 Member Posts: 311
    Hi Geral...thanks for the info. Right now, I have Rx insurance, but when my hubby retires, I won't so this is nice to know. Also, I just started corresponding with a lady who's mother-in-law is my mom's best friend. She just had her surgery today, and will undoubtedly be on tamoxifen or something eventually, and has no insurance. So, I sent your post on to her. I'll get her to join our group as soon as she's feeling better. Thanks again! Have a good weekend...Cyndi
  • geral
    geral Member Posts: 130
    Alice does have a Together card, but she purchases her Femara using a Novartis (mfr. of Femara) card. She said a discount is offered on Femara using the Together' card, but it's not even close to the discount she receives from the mfr. Her price using the Novartis card is $12.