Prescriptions

Many people have trouble affording their prescription medications, but there are assistance programs available.

How can I pay a reduced rate on my prescription medication? 

  • The FamilyWize Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. Cards are distributed for free by NC 2-1-1, participating United Ways, community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, businesses, and some pharmacies. Cards are also available online. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility, or registration needed. Everyone is approved for the savings card.  You can print your savings card, search for pharmacies in your area, and review discount prices online.
  • The Community Assistance Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility, or registration needed. Everyone is approved for the savings card. You can print your savings card and search for pharmacies in your area online.
  • The RxCut® Plus Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility, or registration needed. Everyone is approved for the savings card. You can print your savings card, search for pharmacies in your area, and download special coupons online.
  • The NC Drug Card Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility, or registration needed. Everyone is approved for the savings card. You can print your savings card and search for pharmacies in your area online.
  • The NeedyMeds Drug Discount Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. There is no income limit, age requirement, eligibility, or registration needed. Everyone is approved for the savings card. You can print your savings card and search for pharmacies in your area online.
  • The Together Rx Access® Card Program is a pharmacy savings program that uses a prescription savings card to lower prices of prescription medicines. To be eligible, you cannot have Medicare or any other prescription drug coverage and must meet income requirements. You can see if you are eligible and sign up for the program online.
  • The Patient Advocate Foundation gives financial assistance for prescription medications. Assistance is only given for expenses related to certain diseases and people who have a physician-confirmed diagnosis. See the full list of diseases here. Patient must be currently insured and have income that is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. Call 866-512-3861 for more information.
  • Many retailers participate in the $4 Generic Drug Program. Though many do not charge exactly $4 for their generic drugs (most range from $4 – $15), it is a common name for this type of program. These generic programs make it possible for people who are struggling to pay for their needed medications.The NC Division of Medical Assistance keeps a list of the most common medications and some retailers who offer low-cost generics. Find your prescription and retailer here. Please note that this list does NOT have all retailers who offer discount generic prescriptions. Call your pharmacy for more information and to see if they offer this program.
  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps people who are uninsured or underinsured access the medicines they need through the program that is right for them – free of charge. Many patients will get their medications for free or almost free.

How can I get free prescription medication? 

  • The Medication Assistance Program provides free prescription drugs to patients who cannot afford them. This service is offered through community clinics and community and faith-based organizations. The program matches patients with free medications available through pharmaceutical manufacturers.
  • Free Pharmacy Program gives free prescription medication to individuals who are low-income, uninsured, and fall at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. This program can help people get lifesaving prescription medication to treat common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Different agencies oversee the program in different counties.
  • Mobile Free Pharmacy Program provides low-income adults and children with free over-the-counter medicine, such as aspirin, children’s cough syrup, allergy medicine, and vitamins. The pharmacy store is in Charlotte on a full-time basis, but the mobile pharmacy travels throughout the state.

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