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Rx Help Online: Free and Discount Drugs

Drugs by Disease
There are also resources offering free or lower-cost medication for specific diseases.

For assistance in paying for heart medications, visit www.heartsupportofamerica.org

For HIV and AIDS drugs, visit www.atdn.org.

For kidney diseases, www.kidneyfund.org.

For lung medications, www.caringvoice.org.

For rare diseases, visit www.rarediseases.org/programs/medication.

Drug Discounts
If you don’t qualify for free medication, you may qualify for the Together Rx Access card. These free cards can get you prescription discounts of 25% to 40% and are accepted at most pharmacies in every state and Puerto Rico. Its nearly 1.9 million members have saved more than $82 million with the Together Rx Access card since 2005.

Pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer (Stock Quote: PFE), Merck (Stock Quote: MRK) and GlaxoSmithKline (Stock Quote: GSK) offer discount cards good for their own medicines. AstraZeneca (Stock Quote: AZN) has one just for Medicare Part D recipients.

Needy Meds offers its own discount card as well as links to states that offer cards.

Going Generic
Many major discount and pharmacy chains offer dozens, if not hundreds, of the most widely used generic medicines for as little as $4 to $5 per month, or $10 to $15 for a three-month supply. Some supermarket pharmacies offer similar programs.

Those include: Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Target (Stock Quote: TGT), Kmart (Stock Quote: SHLD), and Walgreens (Stock Quote: WAG). Drugs available are listed on their web sites.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
You can also ask your doctor or health clinic whether they have free samples of any medicine they are prescribing for you.  And several regional supermarket chains began offering antibiotics for free this winter to draw customers into their aisles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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