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Pharmacy Discount & Patient Assistance Programs

There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount you pay for prescription drugs. These include switching to lower cost generics or different brands with the same or similar effectiveness, taking a shorter-acting drug more frequently, ordering higher dosages and then splitting pills in half, shopping around for the best prices at online, mail-order, and retail pharmacies, or even using non-prescription drugs as alternatives. What is right for you depends on your specific concern and the medication you’re taking.

Remember, before switching to a generic or considering any change with your medication, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor is the only one who can ensure you’re making a safe and effective change.

Psych Central Drug Discount Card

You can learn more about the Psych Central Drug Discount Card here and save up to 80% off your medication costs — including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Psych Central’s drug card is the same one as you can get from NeedyMeds below and comes with all the same benefits.


The NeedyMeds drug discount card saves you up to 80% or more off the cost of:

  • Prescription Medicines
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs
  • Pet Prescription Drugs

It’s available at no cost on the NeedyMeds website and is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies, including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and more.

Together Rx Card

The Together Rx Card offers savings of at least 15% on generic prescription drugs at many grocery stories and pharmacies. Learn more about this program at Together Rx Access website.


Bridges to Access offers GSK medicines to eligible patients at little or no cost. Patients can apply directly to Bridges to Access; advocates are not required for enrollment unless the patient needs a prescription filled that same day. Bridges to Access representatives are available to answer your questions 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday. Learn more at at the Bridges to Access website.

Lilly TruAssist

Lilly TruAssist is the primary website where you can learn more about all of Lilly patient assistance programs that offer assistance to help people obtain the Lilly medicines they need. This site includes all of Lilly’s patient assistance programs with individual program details.

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Pfizer Patient Assistance Programs

Pfizer offers patient assistance for Pfizer medicines through a number of programs, which you can review and apply for on their website, Pfizer Helpful Answers.

Merck Prescription Discount Program

If your doctor has prescribed a Merck drug for you and you do not have drug coverage or insurance, Merck offers its Merck Prescription Discount Program on the MerckHelps website. You can learn more about this program by visiting their website.

AstraZeneca Patient Prescription Assistance Programs

Check the AstraZeneca website to learn if you’re eligible for one of their patient assistance programs.


This site helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. The site includes a questionnaire and uses the answers to provide information on prescription drug savings programs available to you based on your answers. Learn more on their website, BenefitsCheckup.

Store-based Discount Pharmacies

Some stores have discount pharmacy services. For example, Kmart pharmacies have a 90 day generics program for $15, available anywhere in the country where there is a Kmart pharmacy.

Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s pharmacies often have competitive prices. Membership is not required to use the pharmacy services. Costco has a mail order pharmacy service, with no additional charges for standard shipping.

Pharmacy Discount & Patient Assistance Programs

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Last updated: 14 Jan 2020 (Originally: 17 May 2016)
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