Every drug company that provides a drug for diabetes has a plan for people who can't afford their drug. Here's a rundown of the programs (including Web sites to visit for full details) of some major providers of insulin:
il Eli Lilly and Company has a program called Lilly Cares that offers free medication through physicians if the patient meets the eligibility criteria. You can find out more by visiting www.lilly.com/products/access.
I Novo-Nordisk has a Patient Assistance Program that gives you a 90-day supply of medication free if you meet eligibility criteria. You can download the guidelines and application for this program at www.novonordisk-us.com/documents/pdf/2007NovoNordiskPAPGuidelines.pdf.
i Sanofi-Aventis operates a Patient Assistance Program that distributes free medications, including insulins, to patients who meet eligibility criteria. You can find out more about this program at www.rxassist. org/pap-info/company_detail.cfm?CmpId=49.
I Pfizer's program, Connection to Care, offers 75 of the company's medications, including their insulin, free through your doctor. You have to fill out a form, and Pfizer provides the medication to your doctor for you. For information and an application, visit www.pfizerhelpful answers.com/pages/Programs/programdetails.aspx?p=2.
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