Patient Assistance Programs in the U.S.

If you live in the United States and are struggling to afford your hepatitis B medication, there may be programs available to help you with the cost. Programs generally fall into one of 4 general categories: Manufacturer-Sponsored Patient Assistance Programs; Nonprofit Co-Pay Assistance Programs; Mail-order Discount Pharmacies; and Discount Prescription Cards.

Manufacturer-sponsored Patient Assistance Programs

Most major pharmaceutical companies offer assistance programs to help individuals afford their medicines. Eligibility requirements vary by company, and the available funding can be depleted before the end of a year. But it is worth checking these medication assistance programs if you need help. Some programs may provide free medications to individuals without insurance, while others may assist with covering co-pays for people with health insurance.

Below is a list of the companies, the medications that are covered by their assistance programs, and their contact information.

 

Company

Medicines Covered

Contact Information

Eligibility

Gilead

Vemlidy (Tenofovir alafenamide)

Hepsera (Adefovir)

(Note: Gilead does not offer assistance for Viread)

https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/

 

1-800-226-2056

Co-Pay Program will offer $5,000/year toward insurance co-pays for Vemlidy for eligible insured patients.

 

Patient Assistance program provides free Vemlidy or Hepsera for eligible uninsured patients.

 

 

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Baraclude (entecavir)

https://www.bms.com/patient-and-caregivers/get-help-paying-for-your-medicines.html

 

855-898-0267

Co-Pay Program will offer $5,000/year toward insurance co-pays for Baraclude for eligible insured patients.

 

Patient Assistance program provides free Baraclude for eligible uninsured patients.

 

Merck

Intron A (interferon alpha)

https://www.merckhelps.com/INTRON%20%20A

855-257-3932

Patient assistance for individuals without medical insurance who meet income requirements

 

GlaxoSmithKline

Epivir HBV (lamivudine)

https://www.gskforyou.com/

1-888-825-5249

Patient assistance for individuals without medical insurance who meet income requirements

 

Co-Pay Assistance Programs

The following programs offer financial assistance for eligible individuals with prescription insurance who are not able to afford their prescription co-pays.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Assistance with all hepatitis B medications

www.Copays.org

Eligible individuals must have prescription insurance coverage, and have a household income below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Program opens and closes throughout the year as funding becomes available.

 

 

Online Discount Pharmacy

This online discount mail-order pharmacy is a nonprofit offering two first-line hepatitis B medications at an affordable price for eligible individuals regardless of their prescription coverage.

RX Outreach

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)

 

Entecavir

www.Rxoutreach.org

Eligible individuals must have an income below 400% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Individuals are eligible whether or not they have prescription insurance.

Eligible individuals can purchase tenofovir for $ 25/mo or entecavir for $45/mo. 

 

Discount Prescription Cards

Prescription drug discount cards allow cardholders to save money on all types of prescription medications. Cards are available online, at no cost, and can be used with or without insurance. At the time of purchase, cardholders simply present their card at a participating pharmacy to instantly receive substantial discounts on their prescription drugs. These cards typically offer the best price on generic medications. The websites also allow individuals to search for the best price on their medication at nearby pharmacies based on zip code.

GoodRX

 (855) 268-2822

www.Goodrx.com  

America’s Drug Card

 

www.americansdrugcard.com

Needymeds

 

www.needymeds.org

 

Additional tips for affording your medications:

  1. If you can not afford your brand-name medication, talk to your doctor about whether a generic version is available. Generic medications contain the same active ingredients as the brand name version, often at a much lower cost.
  2. Discount prescription cards are available online at no cost, and have no eligibility requirements. These are a great option if you are not eligible for other assistance programs.
  3. Before changing health insurance, check how much your medication will cost on the new plan.
  4. If you find that your insurance company places all hepatitis B medications on the highest pricing tier, then your plan may be discriminating against people with chronic hepatitis B. Learn more about discriminatory drug pricing and how to report it here: https://www.hepb.org/resources-and-support/know-your-rights/us-access-to-medicine/
  5. Serious liver damage can occur if you suddenly stop taking your hepatitis B medication, or if you take it inconsistently. If you can not afford your current medication, talk to your doctor about other options. Do not cut pills, skip doses, or stop medication unless you are under the care of a knowledgeable doctor.