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Where to turn for help

Here are some sources of information on patient assistance programs and how to contact them:

*NeedyMeds is a nonprofit information resource that helps people in need find patient assistance programs. It's a source of information on thousands of programs that may be able to offer assistance to people in need. www.needymeds.org.

*The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. The PPA is sponsored by pharmaceutical research companies. www.pparx.com or (888) 477-2669.

*Extra Help is a program provided by Medicare to help those with limited resources and income pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp or (800) 633-4227.

*RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of patient assistance programs and is part of the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. bwww.rxassist.org.

*Rx Outreach is a nonprofit organization that offers prescription medicines to uninsured individuals and families, as well as those who have limited prescription drug coverage. www.rxoutreach.org.