I read with interest the article by Dr. Lisa McTavish and Susie Gray, “Helping Needy Patients Get Needed Medications” [June 2005]. They raise a number of good points and give much good advice.
I want to point out that there are resources that patients can use to learn more about patient assistance programs. Most patients who get the information can complete most of the paperwork themselves, thus saving the physician’s office time and effort. NeedyMeds (www.needymeds.com), a non-profit organization of which I am president, is one such source. We provide information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, state programs, local programs and other types of assistance. Our data is updated on a regular basis, and it’s free.