The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

One of the biggest challenges faced by low-income, uninsured cancer patients is obtaining the many costly prescription medications they require.  The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need by matching them with the right assistance programs. 

Since its launch in 2005, the PPA has helped connect more than 9 million people to patient assistance programs that may meet their needs. Their programs help uninsured and financially struggling patients who lack prescription coverage get access to prescription assistance programs that offer medicines for free or nearly free.

The PPA offers a single point of access to information on 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. They include programs offering more than 2,500 brand-name medicines, including a wide range of generics. They provide information on nearly 10,000 free health care clinics; and they also help patients contact government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and include more than 40 assistance programs that focus on the health care needs of children. They’ve connected more than 300,000 patients with clinics and health care providers in their communities.

Who Is The PPA?

The PPA is sponsored by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies; these companies are working with doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to educate patients about the PPA

Since their launch, more than 1,300 leading national, state and local organizations have joined forces with the PPA. The groups behind the PPA include the largest and most influential in health care, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society, American College of Emergency Physicians, Easter Seals, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, United Way and the Urban League.

More than 8.5 million residents of the US have been helped by PPA programs.

Whether you’re a doctor or pharmaceutical employee, a caregiver or community group member, you can help qualifying patients who lack prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. By answering a few short questions on the patient’s behalf, you can locate the assistance programs that may provide the help they need. You can even download program applications online.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the PPA, you can contact them at their website:


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