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Prescription Drug Cards Part I
Types of Programs Available
All in all not a tremendous discount when considering the amount of money needed to be spent annually, but every little bit helps if you qualityf.  Here are some of the pre-scription drug programs.  There are also many discount drug programs that exclude pre-existing conditions.
Eli Lilly and Company
Eli has  a program which will offer immediate benefit to Medicare beneficiaries eligible for the program.  The program is called "LillyAnswers" (click this)

The LillyAnswers card will allow seniors and people with disabilities under Medicare to pay a flat $12 fee for a 30-day supply of any retail distributed Lilly drug. Excluded from the program are controlled substances or any products not distributed by retail pharmacies.  

Who is eligible for the LillyAnswers card?

  • U.S. citizens
  • Medicare-enrolled seniors and people with disabilities
  • No other prescription drug coverage
  • Individual annual income below $18,000; household income below $24,000

To apply for the card, eligible seniors and disabled persons can call 1-877-RX-LILLY.  The applicant will receive a short appli-cation form to fill out and return along with copies of their most recent tax return and Medicare card.  Once the application is processed and eligibility confirmed, it will take 2-4 weeks for the eligible applicant to receive their LillyAnswers card.  Once the patient is enrolled in the LillyAnswers program, the card is good for 12 months.  After 12 months, the patient will have to requalify through the application process.

Among the drugs covered by the program are: Evista for osteoporosis, Humulin and Humalog for diabetes, Prozac for depression, and Zyprexa for schizophrenia.  Unfortunately, since controlled substances are not included in the program, popular arthritis pain medication, Darvocet N-100, is not covered with the LillyAnswers card. 

The Medicine Program

This organization assists people who may qualify to enroll in one or more patient assistance program by preparing and processing all the needed paperwork. This seems to be a very useful service for folks who can't or don't wish to handle this themselves. There is a charge of $5 per drug. 1-573-996-7300    Click here for Program Information   

If you do not have insurance or a government program that pays for your outpatient prescription medicines . . .

If the high cost of your Medicine causes you a financial hardship . . .

You may qualify to enroll in a privately sponsored program which provides. . .MEDICINE at NO COST!

May we suggest that you print an Application Form and make it available to someone who would benefit from this program? 

Two Newer Programs:

Two of the new pharmacy drug programs have the same qualifiers. Both Glaxo Smith Klines Orange Card and Novarits Care Card are free and your savings are instant when you pay for your prescriptions.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Medicare beneficiary (age 65 or older or on Medicare due to disability).
  • Receive an annual income of less than $26,000/individual or
    $35,000/couple (300% of federal poverty level).
  • Have no other prescription drug coverage. This includes private
    insurance (such as Medigap or employer sponsored retiree coverage) and public assistance through federal or state programs (such as Medicaid, Medicaid spend-down,
    Medicare HMO, VA, and state pharmaceutical assistance programs such as Hoosier Rx

GlaxoSmithKlines Orange Card
Who is Eligible?
The Orange Card is for seniors and the disabled enrolled in Medicare who have annual incomes below $30,000 single/$40,000 couple and are currently without public or private insurance coverage for prescription medicines.
What Savings Are Available?
The Orange Card is designed to provide an average savings of 30% per prescription. These savings could exceed 40% depending on the pharmacy's usual and customary price and the prescribed GSK medicines.*
GlaxoSmithKlines Orange Card continued
How to Enroll
Enrollment in this program is free and only requires that patients fill out an easy application form. Physicians do not have to sign or validate the application. Patient eligibility is self-reported and processed by an independent third party. Once your eligibility is verified, the program will provide significant savings on all outpatient GSK prescription products.
If you would like to receive the application form in the mail, call 1-888-672-6436 and ask for an Orange Card application. You will need to provide basic information including your name, mailing address, and date of birth as well as your annual income, if you have public or private insurance coverage for prescription medicines, and your Medicare number. List of Medication - click on  Orange Card

is also free and qualified Medicare recipients should receive savings of at least 25% on selected Novartis outpatient prescription products.  Applications are available at pharmacies, doctors offices, and by calling toll free  1-866-974-CARE (2273). You can also print an application off their web site (above). 

Pfizers The Share Card Program works differently.  The program offers:

You must:

  • Be a Medicare beneficiary.
  • Have a gross income below $18,000/individual or $24,000/couple.
  • Have no other prescription coverage.
Pfizer Share Card
Share Card Information
 Do You Qualify?
Drug Covered
Questions and Answers
Patients will use the card at participating pharmacies and pay a $15 fee per Pfizer prescription for each 30-day supply of medicine.
It is suggested that you talk with your doctor or pharmacist to determine if you would benefit from these programs. They should also be aware of any new discount cards that may come out.

To receive a free copy of the booklet, Finding Help with Prescription Costs, call SHIIP at 1-800-452-4800.

NOTE: This information was gathered from the companies web sites and should not be taken as a guarantee of eligibility. Address your questions to: Ask SHIIP, 311 W. Washington Street, Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Or e-mail
Together Rx is a prescription savings program that provides savings to eligible Medicare enrollees on more than 150 widely prescribed medicinesright at the pharmacy counter.  Multiple pharmaceutical companies participate in Together Rx,
each with its individual savings program. [Click Here to Download the Application]
Together Rx Card offers:
  Savings of approximately 20-40% off the amount you usually pay for prescriptions and, in many cases, substantially more.*
Acceptance at many retail pharmacies starting June 2002.

Drug List

This page has a list of all the drugs currently in the NeedyMeds system. From there you can go directly to the page that has the information about the drug you are interested in.  An asterisk (*) after a drug name means that the manufacturer has set up a web site specifically for that drug.

To find that web site, click on the drug name in the drug list. Once you get to the manufacturer's page, you'll see the list of drugs at the top of the page. Any drug with its own web site will be in blue and underlined. 
Many patient assistance programs will accept copies of their applications. Here you'll find a list of all the applications we have received. Some of the copies are very clear - and others are not. If you have a better copy that we can scan in please send it to us.
This site compares all the various programs explaining their benefits, etc.