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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

  1. Contact the 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 Web site.

    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.

  2. Tell your 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 without insurance.

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology


Notable Quotable

“Many considerations should go into therapy selection for psoriasis and a comprehensive approach that includes cost will likely provide the best patient care.”

Dermatology Nursing
2004 Oct;16(5):421-8, 432.





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