This is valuable information that no one should be without – regardless of their disease, disability or condition. Below are five key resources that can help you get the meds you need at little or no cost. Keep this information handy and please, pass it along to family and friends.

Free Medicine Program

Established by volunteers,the Free Medicine Program helps patients substantially reduce or completely eliminate their prescription drug costs.

The Prescription Drug Assistance Programs section of Medicare.gov

The Prescription Drug Assistance Programs section of Medicare.gov: This site provides information on public and private programs for discounted or free medications. Patients can search for programs by location (state or ZIP code) or by pharmaceutical company.

Pfizer for Living Share Card

Pfizer for Living Share Card: Card for low-income Medicare seniors (individual income less than $18,000; couple less than $24,000). Covers Dilantin, the most commonly prescribed seizure medicine for seniors, as well as Neurontin, Celontin, and Zarontin.

The 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. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).

Rxhope.com

A patient assistance company partially funded by the pharmaceutical manufacturers. It promises to speed requests for no-cost medications. The website includes information on which medicines are covered by assistance programs.

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Phylis Feiner Johnson is a freelance copywriter who spent 20 years as an epileptic. (They weren’t pretty.) She writes from the heart to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. For further information or to make a contribution, contact The Epilepsy Foundation at http://www:epilepsyfoundation.org