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Monday, October 24, 2011 Arjay, Community Member, asks

Q: Has anyone had complaints about simple fill prescription program. It sounds too good to be true.

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
11/ 1/11 12:33am

I don't have any personal experience with this particular program, but it sounds much like other patient assistance programs I am familiar with such as the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPARx) and NeedyMeds.org.

 

If you don't have insurance that covers prescriptions and you meet their income requirements, it is a pretty simple program.  Most pharmaceutical manufacturers offer patient assistance programs to help people who don't have insurance nor a big income, but need the expensive brand name medications they make.  Once a drug becomes available as a generic, however, it is usually no longer offered through a patient assistance program. 

 

What organizations like PPARx, NeedyMeds and I'm guessing SimpleFill do is match patients with the appropriate patient assistance programs.  They usually also provide you with the application you need to fill out for whichever drug company makes the medication you need.  Often you have to attach a copy of your most recent tax return to the application to prove you meet their income requirements. 

 

Once you've filled out your portion of the application, you take it to your doctor who will fill out his/her portion and give you a prescription for the medication.  You mail the application, tax return and prescription in.  If you're approved, they will ship your medication to you free for one year – usually three months worth at a time. (You do have to call in the refill requests.)  If you continue to need the medication after a year, you have to reapply and repeat the process. 

 

Here is an article that gives additional information on a number of differences services available for people who don't have insurance:  Finding Help When You Don't Have Insurance

 

I hope that helps.

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LeilaBelle, Community Member
4/24/12 4:25pm

I am wondering the same thing.  I filled out the info online and they called me and said that I qualify, but I had to give them my banking info with my account and routing number so they could deduct the $50.00 for the Cymbalta.  They would then send me the paperwork to fill out, contact my doctor and then in 30 days I would receive the medication.  It just sound really fishy.  
Does anyone know for sure if they are legit?

 

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linda, Community Member
12/14/12 11:03am

no they are great - getting all my prescriptions for $65 a month, doesn't matter how many you have - any questions e-mail me lindadowning123@verizon.net

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ja.ames0813, Community Member
8/ 8/14 1:22pm

This company charges patients to act as a third party coordinator. They submit your applications to the pharmaceutical companies or apply for grants. If you complete these applications yourself with the help of your physician's office,  you wouldn't have to pay companies like SimpleFill. These programs are meant to be FREE! For patients struggling with health care costs, paying someone these kinds of fees is wrong and despicable. 

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By Arjay, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/11/14, First Published: 10/24/11