Financial Assistance Available for Psoriasis Medication
If you have psoriasis and cannot afford your medication, you may be
eligible for financial assistance. The following explains what you
can do if a medication is too costly. You also will find links to
resources that can help you locate financial assistance.
What You Can Do
pharmaceutical company that makes the prescribed medication.
This is the best place to start.
Many pharmaceutical companies offer financial assistance, and
many of these companies are re-evaluating their
financial-assistance programs to expand coverage. Some people
who were not previously eligible now qualify.
You can find information about the program by calling the 1-800
number included with the medication or by visiting the company’s
If you do not know the pharmaceutical company that makes the
prescribed medication, typing the brand name into your favorite
search engine will usually bring up the company’s Web site. You
also can ask your pharmacist or dermatologist.
dermatologist if you cannot afford the medication.
Psoriasis medication can be
costly. Dermatologists understand this, so you should not
hesitate to say that you cannot afford a medication. By doing
so, your dermatologist may be able to tell you about a
financial-assistance program or prescribe another treatment.
Links to the Web sites below are for informational purposes only.
These links do not represent an endorsement and/or recommendation by
either the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) or its members.
The Academy offers these links as additional resources that may help
people find affordable ways to obtain the medications they need.
This Web site includes a comprehensive database of
patient-assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. You
can search by drug name and company name.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
This Web site states, “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.”
National Psoriasis Foundation
List of financial aid and patient assistance programs for people
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developed by the American Academy of Dermatology
“Many considerations should
go into therapy selection for psoriasis and a
comprehensive approach that includes cost will likely
provide the best patient care.”
2004 Oct;16(5):421-8, 432.