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Saving on Medications

The substantial cost of Parkinson's medications is often a burden for many people. Here are a few options to explore when trying to save on medication costs.

Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs
Several pharmaceutical companies feature programs to help eligible applicants reduce their medication costs. These programs are usually limited to the company's brand-name medications, and will most likely have specific requirements including age and income. Please see below for a list of currently available programs, listed by medication in alphabetical order. 

Other Public and Private Programs
Researching the various drug assistance programs can be a great deal of work. An organization called The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPRA) may be able to help navigate these systems to find the best options. PPRA 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 public or private programs. PPRA's website, www.pparx.org, provides access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. PPRA can also be contacted by calling (888) 477-2669.

Additional Cost Saving Ideas

  • Check medication prices at different pharmacies.  Prices can vary and you may find a more affordable option.
  • Compare prices to a mail order pharmacy.
  • Find out if an equivalent medication from the same family (class) of medications may be cheaper than the one you are currently taking.  

Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs

 

Brand/Generic
Medication Name

Pharmaceutical
Company

Program Phone
Number

Apokyn®
(Apomorphine Hydrochloride
Injection)

No program
currently available

N/A

Artane® (Trihexyphenidyl HCL)

Xubex Pharmaceutical

(866) 699-8239

Azilect® (Rasagiline)

Teva Pharmaceuticals

(866) 217-7163

Cogentin® (Benztropine mesylate)
(only injection on program)

Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(866) 209-7604

Comtan® (Entacapone)

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

(800) 277-2254,
option 3

Eldepryl® (Selegiline hydrochloride)

Somerset Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(800) 892-8889

Exelon® (Rivastigmine tartrate)

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

(800) 277-2254,
option 3

Mirapex® (Pramipexole)

Boehringer Ingelheim

(800) 556-8317

Parlodel® (Bromocriptine)

No program
currently available

N/A

Requip® (Ropinirole)

GlaxoSmithKline

(866) 728-4368

Sinemet®
(Carbidopa/Levodopa)

No program
currently available

N/A

Stalevo®
(Carbidopa/Levodopa/
Entacapone)

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

(800) 277-2254,
option 3

Symmetrel® (Amantadine)

No program
currently available

N/A

Tasmar® (Tolcapone)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

(800) 511-2120

Zelapar®
(Selegiline hydrochloride
orally disintegrating tablet)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

(800) 511-2120