Patient Assistance 2.0
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a great article by Amy Tenderich where she talked about an uninsured patience assistance program. I remembered I had collected a list with few sites aimed at offering help to uninsured people with diabetes. So I decided to brush up the list and share it here as a way to complement the work Amy started.
Aggregators of Information for Patients
These are sites that offer information that is not specific to diabetes or to a single pharmaceutical company:
NeedyMeds.org: NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps people who can't afford to pay for their medications. They offer information about patient assistance programs, government programs and programs for 235 diseases, including diabetes. The co-founder of NeedyMeds wrote a very detailed article about Patient Assistance Programs that anyone seeking for help with this should read.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance (formerly www.helpingpatients.org): in PPARx.org, patients have a wizard through which they can find gain access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs. To accomplish their goal, they connect pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups.
PatientAssistance.com: this 501(c)(3) non-profit presents the visitor with the best looking and easier to navigate of all aggregator sites. They also offer extensive information on Patient Assistance Programs, complementing it with resources for uninsured kids, free clinics and community clinics.
RxAssist: offered by the Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention, RxAssist.org streamlines the application process for the pharmaceutical industry's patient assistance programs. For example, through them I found a way to apply for medication assistance from the ABBOTT patient assistance program.
Services focused on diabetes
These are sites that emphasize attention to people with diabetes, more specifically, people who depend on insulin, whether injected or through a pump.
iPump.org: iPump.org provides financial assistance and free diabetes supplies to qualifying diabetics, who cannot afford them. They offer direct financial assistance to qualifying, approved applicants and free diabetes supplies to qualifying, approved applicants.
Insulin For Life: Insulin For Life collects excess unused insulin vials that can still be used and distributes them throughout developing countries in coordination with local centers and International Diabetes Federation's "Life For a Child" program. If you live in the US, you can mail your unused non-expired insulin vials or pre-filled pens to:
OUHSC/Medicine Endocrinology and Diabetes
Insulin for Life
941 Stanton L Young Blvd., BSEB 302
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Hopefully, these resources will come in handy to those struggling to cover the cost of diabetes management. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford the cost of your medical supplies and medications, be glad. In that case, keep an eye open for people who may benefit from these.
Here is a fun video I did about iPump.org and Insulin for Life a while back, in the hope that you will also keep them in mind when/if you have excess insulin or excess supplies sitting around.
Disclaimer: the author serves in the Board of Directors for iPump.org.