Many pharmaceutical companies have a program to provide medications to those unable to pay. An application must be submitted by your physician to the company. PSRC cannot endorse or recommend any out-of-country pharmacy options while quality and legality are in question.
You can also ask your pharmacy if they have discount programs, or if there are less expensive equivalents to your prescription. Don’t be afraid to compare pharmacies and check to see if your drug plan has a cheaper mail-in option. There are also several discount cards that give a couple dollars off — ask at the pharmacy or look online.
Some pharmaceutical web sites sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are not safe to use and may put people’s health at risk. Check the following website of the Food & Drug Administration for information about buying medicines over the internet.
TURN IT IN: The Princeton Police Department will accept unwanted medications all year round — keep them out of the environment and off the streets! Other communities either have special days or ongoing collections.
AARP PHARMACY SERVICE
- Offers discounts on a variety of prescriptions. No membership required
- 800.456.2277 for information
BENEFITS CHECK UP RX
- An online screening tool sponsored by the National Council on Aging to assist low-income people in finding federal, state and local assistance programs
- Online pharmacy evaluates meds for conflicts, presorts and packs pills to reduce errors.
- Discount pharmacy card at participating pharmacies
GENERIC DRUG PROGRAMS OFFERED BY RETAILERS
A number of local retail pharmacies offer generic drug programs with no enrollment fee. They include:
- Rite Aid (must sign up for the Rx Savings Card)
- Stop & Shop
Those that require an annual enrollment fee include:
- CVS Health Savings Pass. Annual enrollment fee: $15 per person
- Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. Annual enrollment fee: $20 per person, $35 for family
- Access2wellness provides access to one of the broadest selections of assistance programs that offer more than 1,000 prescription medications, for free or at a discount, to those who qualify.
- Johnson & Johnson Health Care System
MEDICAL HOME PHARMACY
- Compounding, special needs
- 521 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08611
MERCER COUNTY WELLNESS PROGRAM
- Call 609.989.6661 to see if this program still exists.
NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge.
NEW JERSEY PRESCRIPTION RETAIL DRUG PRICE REGISTRY
- Comparison of prices of commonly used drugs at various pharmacies
- 800.242.5846 New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
PARTNERSHIP FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
Helps qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.
PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE AGED & DISABLED (PAAD) & SENIOR GOLD
These are both state-funded prescription programs, which help eligible New Jersey residents pay for prescription drugs (including insulin, insulin needles, certain diabetic testing materials and syringes, and needles for injectable medicines used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis). Click here for current income limits for these programs.
- State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
- PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
- Phone: 609.292.7837 or 800.367.6543 or 800.792.9745
For forms and assistance in completing them, contact the PSRC Spruce Circle office 609.924.7108.
- Eligibility: New Jersey resident, over 30 days with permanent address, aged 65 and older, or at least 18 years of age and receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
- PAAD cardholders pay $6–7 per prescription. PAAD also pays basic Medicare Part D premiums. People who are eligible for PAAD may also be eligible to receive other benefits such as Lifeline, which provides assistance for utility bills, Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, reduced motor vehicle fees, property tax freeze, and discounts from Verizon and AT&T.
- state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/paad/ or njpaad.gov
- Senior Gold cardholders pay $15 plus 50% of the remaining cost for each prescription. When annual out-of-pocket expenses exceed $2000 for single persons and $3000 a year for married couples, each prescription costs only $15.
- 609.924.7108 for forms and assistance from the PSRC Spruce Circle office
- Sets up 14 days of medication in blister packs, labeled by time and date.
Rx4NJ FREE OR DISCOUNTED DRUGS
- An on-line resource center with a database of pharmaceutical companies that offer patient assistance programs; also other information regarding Medicare Part D and other issues related to pharmaceutical assess.
- A mail order pharmacy offering more than 150 medications at $20 for a 180 day supply. Eligibility depends only on income.
- This FREE card provides access to savings up to 75% on Prescription Medication and up to 50% on the Usual and Customary price of Lab and Imaging Services
Prescription Savings Program
CVS offers weekday home delivery
24-hour pharmacy: CVS Hamilton 1099 ROUTE 33, HAMILTON SQUARE, NJ 08690 609.586.6384
Some insurance plans offer a 90 day supply by mail order at reduced prices, and some stores now match those prices.
Many Pharmaceutical companies have a program to provide medications to those unable to pay. An application must be submitted by your physician to the company.
PSRC can not endorse or recommend any out-of-country pharmacy options while quality and legality are in question.
The Princeton Senior Resource Center does not endorse any of the resources listed on these pages. We collect and provide information from many sources as a service to those seeking services in the Princeton area. No listed provider pays to be in our directory.