Where to Apply for MS Drug Copay Assistance
Each year, MS patients can apply for copay assistance from a number of resources. Although these programs are needs-based, the income cutoff is very generous. Patients whose income is as high as 400 percent above the Federal Poverty Level will qualify for assistance. See the Federal Poverty Level table below.
To calculate your eligibility: Take the income level on the chart that matches the size of your household and multiply it by 4.0. For example, if you live in a one-person household then you can make as much as $49,960 and still qualify for assistance.
Most drug companies offer a patient assistance program that will cover all or the majority of MS drugs’ high copays. With some exceptions, they will only consider patients with commercial insurance.
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Glatiramer Acetate Injection:
Glatopa (generic equivalent of Copaxone 20mg):
or 1-866-4ACCESS (866-422-2377)
EMD Serono, Inc and Pfizer, Inc.
Dalfampridine (formerly Ampyra) — for walking faster:
*If you don’t see your DMD or symptom medication listed, check contact info provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at: www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Medications/Financial-Assistance-Programs
Several private charities cover copays for those that are insured and those who have only Medicare or Medicaid:
Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN): 1-866-316-7263 *Medicare only
The Assistance Fund: 1-877-245-4412
HealthWell Foundation: 800-675-8416 *Medicare only
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program: 866-512-3861 *Medicare, Medicaid, Military only
Does anyone else in your family have MS?