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Alternative Medicines
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Alternative Medicines

Alternative Medicine Foundation - Providing consumers and professionals with responsible, evidence-based information on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine.*

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.*

Pharmaceutical Articles & Information is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to provide information on safe, legal ways patients can save on prescription drugs, to educate patients on the risks of importing medicines, and to explain why legalizing importation is bad public policy.

The site was designed to be a clearinghouse for the latest news, policies, opinion and research on prescription drug importation and provides news alerts and information about alternatives to importation.

PhRMA and the biopharmaceutical industry are committed to working with the FDA and other agencies to keep America's drug supply safe. We are equally committed to ensuring that every American has access to quality medicines.

Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is committed to publishing advisories and warnings of serious adverse drug reactions from Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as soon as they are available. In addition, we regularly create practical, readable syntheses of the important information contained in some advisory and warning letters. These CMAJ summaries are also found on this page.* - "Enter a Chemical Name, CAS Number, Molecular Formula or Weight. Use * for partial names (e.g. ben*). Search here for free. For professional searching, use ChemINDEX."* If you need the chemical nature of a drug, this is the place to use to find that information.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs - Prescription drugs can be expensive, even if you have insurance coverage. But there are medicines that can effectively meet your medical needs and give you better value for your health care dollar. Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a free public education service from the nonprofit Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. Millions of Americans trust Consumer Reports to provide expert, independent information about products and services, and to help them save money.

The information on this website can help you learn about more affordable drug treatment options to discuss with your physician. We work with respected doctors and pharmacists to compare drugs and point you to those that are proven to work based on current scientific evidence. In concise, easy-to-read reports, we tell you what you need to know about the effectiveness, safety and cost of many widely used prescription drugs.
* - is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.

The resources available on are provided to offer visitors free and accurate information to aid in the understanding of various medications and conditions. The content on the site may help consumers formulate questions for medical professionals and alert the public about important information regarding potentially dangerous side effects associated with certain medications. By providing FDA alerts, drug interactions, and potential side effects on the site, patients have access to valuable knowledge that could enhance their ability to voice concerns with their doctor and improve their quality of care.

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years.* Check out their Action Center, Medicaid and Children's Health, Medicare, Minority Health, Prescription Drugs, Private Insurance, Publications, Related Links (Numerous Links Here: It's a MUST SEE Page!!), State Information, The Uninsured and Tools for Advocates, pages.

Google's List of Pharmaceutical Companies.

Meals And Meds Sometimes Don't Mix Everyday Foods Can React with Drugs And Change Their Effectiveness Or Lead to Deadly Results. The Detroit News Tracy Boyd Special to The Detroit News, July 25, 2001.* collects, evaluates, and reports credentials, prices, and customer feedback regarding pharmacies that operate online and through mail-order and fax (generally referred to as “online pharmacies”. It is the leading independent source of information about online pharmacies. PC helps consumers continually find the lowest priced products from the most qualified and reputable online pharmacies. PC also provides customized reports and services as market intelligence about the online pharmacy industry. Pricing information is provided for prescription drugs.*

The Resources for Soldiers web site has an awesome List of Pharmaceutical Assistance Information available on their web site! This is a MUST SEE site for anyone!

RxList is a great medical medication search site for a drug database, imprint code identification, drug FAQs, medical abbreviations, and more!

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Pharmacy - Lots of information related to Pharmaceutical topics. An awesome List of Pharmaceutical Companies!

Pharmaceutical Companies & Financial Assistance Programs

Access to Benefits Coalition - Are You or Someone You Know Having Trouble Paying for Prescription Drugs? We Can Help. - Medicare is changing. Beginning in 2006, Medicare will offer prescription drug coverage, and there is extra help available for people with limited incomes and resources. The non-profit Access to Benefits Coalition can help you learn about and enroll in these new benefits, and even help you lower your prescription costs now. Our help is available online or in person. It's free, fast and confidential. Find out what programs you might qualify for by going to BenefitsCheckUpRx now.*

AstraZeneca is a major international research based pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of ethical (prescription) pharmaceutical products. Our long heritage of innovation and documented ability to develop new concepts in medicine has made us one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world. AstraZeneca medicines are available to uninsured and underinsured patients who qualify through the AstraZeneca Prescription Partnership Programs, a drug assistance portfolio which includes three distinct programs designed to ensure patients have access to the AstraZeneca medicines they need to live longer, healthier lives.*

ASHP/PSSC Patient Assistance Program (PAP) Resource Center - A comprehensive information site concerning patient assistance programs and the use of these programs to increase medication access.

The PAP was created by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists with the support and collaboration of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Pharmacy Services Support Center (PSSC). PSSC was established to optimize the value of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and promote comprehensive pharmacy services in all 340B-eligible health care delivery sites.

BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. Please fill out our simple questionnaire to find programs that can assist you or your loved ones.* A service by The National Council on the Aging (NCOA).

Bristol-Myers Squibb - Our mission is to extend and enhance human life by providing the highest-quality pharmaceuticals and health care products. Our medicines are making a difference in the lives of millions of customers across the globe. And by living our mission and growing our company for well over a century, we are making a difference in the lives of our shareholders, employees and neighbors as well. Bristol-Myers Squibb -- through its corporate contribution program -- donates medicines to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation (scroll down to the bottom of the page) for its patient assistance program. The program provides the company’s prescription products to people who cannot afford them. This help is available to patients who meet certain financial criteria, have no insurance assistance for prescriptions and are not eligible for Medicare, ADAP or Medicaid. Enrollment in the program is initiated by the patient’s physician.*

Elan Corporation, plc (Elan), began in 1969 with a vision: to approach the challenge of drug delivery from an entirely new angle—that of controlled absorption of a drug by the patient’s body. Over the years, Elan became a world leader in drug delivery and specialty pharmaceuticals. Today, Elan is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, pioneering exciting new research and development in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, pain management and autoimmune diseases. Elan has a patient assistance program to provide medicines to patients who might not otherwise be able to afford them. For more information on Elan's Medical Needs Program call 1-866-347-3185. A customer service representative is available between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.*

Eli Lilly and Company creates and delivers innovative medicines that enable people to live longer, healthier and more active lives. Direct Patient Assistance - The health care needs of people throughout the world are diverse - from those of societies seeking to increase the effectiveness of health care through sophisticated, innovative technology to the needs of communities concerned with securing basic health care to help keep people alive.*, a new interactive Web site by PhRMA and 48 of its member companies. This site was designed to help you find patient assistance programs for which you may qualify. This online service is free and completely confidential - we do not keep records of any personally identifiable information. All you have to do is answer a few short questions. It will only take a few moments of your time. Before you get started, click here for tips on how to use our site.*

Institute for OneWorld Health - A Non-Profit Pharmaceutical Company - Fueled by a growing recognition of global health inequities, Dr. Victoria Hale spent the late 1990s trying to envision how pharmaceutical science could most impact the lives of millions suffering from infectious diseases in the developing world. While a number of international medical organizations were focused on emergency relief, Dr. Hale knew that the vast majority of people who were ill still had limited access to safe, effective, and affordable medicines to treat infectious disease. New medicines for most tropical infectious diseases did not exist, and older therapies, if they were available, were often toxic, difficult to use, or increasingly ineffective due to drug resistance. As a pharmaceutical scientist, Dr. Hale knew much more could be done to develop better anti-infective drugs and vaccines for diseases that disproportionately affect the developing world and take millions of lives each year...* Read the full story. This is one very cool idea! Victoria G. Hale, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for OneWorld Health says, "In the coming year will engage a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to join us in our mission to develop safe, effective, affordable, new drugs for people in the developing world. As a small company, our impact is limited. We need industry’s professionals, their manufacturing and distribution know-how, and most of all, their shared commitment to truly impact global health inequities."*

Merck & Co., Inc. - Sometimes, affording prescription medicines can be difficult. That’s why at Merck, we have created the Patient Assistance Program - to keep affordable medicines within your reach. This private and confidential program provides medicine free of charge for up to one year to eligible individuals who do not have prescription drug coverage and who, without our assistance, could not afford needed Merck medicines. A partial list of the Merck medicines offered in this program is included on this Web site. This Web site will help you understand the program material. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-727-5400, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET, Monday through Friday, where a live operator will be available to assist you. Physicians and other healthcare professionals inquiring about the Patient Assistance Program may contact Merck by calling 1-800-994-2111. Merck Prescription Discount Program for the Uninsured - More than 45 million people in America do not have health coverage, and many more do not have prescription drug coverage. If this includes you, you can get discounts on many Merck drugs starting today. The Merck Prescription Discount Program offers savings of 15 to 40 percent off your Merck medicines, regardless of age or income.* The Merck Uninsured Patient Application or call 1-800-506-3725.

NeedyMeds was founded by Libby Overly, M.Ed, MSW and Richard J Sagall, MD. in 1997. Ms. Overly, a home health social worker in Alabama at the time, had a written data base on patient assistance programs to help her patients obtain the medicines they needed but couldn't afford.

Dr. Sagall, then a family physician in Bangor, ME, was looking for a worthwhile net-based project. He knew Ms. Overly from projects they worked together on when she lived in Bangor. She told him about her database and the result was NeedyMeds.

Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals and many of the world's best-known consumer brands. Our innovative, value-added products improve the quality of life of people around the world and help them enjoy longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The company has three business segments: health care, animal health and consumer health care. Our products are available in more than 150 countries. For more than thirty years, Pfizer has maintained a commitment to making its medicines available to patients in need. In the United States, through the Sharing the Care, The Pfizer for Living Share CardTM Program and Connection to Care Programs, Pfizer donates its most advanced medicines to low-income, uninsured patients.* - Many of the drugs that physicians prescribe have brand or generic options that are equally beneficial but less expensive. Make sure you are taking the lowest cost prescription available. - I am a practicing Cardiologist. My interests have been in preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation but what I like the most is coronary angioplasty. Several years ago I realized that my patients couldn't afford their drugs. I've worked hard on finding the best and least expensive treatment for them. I asked other doctors and pharmacists to help with the other areas of medicine. My son then created this web site so patients across the country could benefit from this information.*

RxHope is the only patient assistance Internet initiative financially supported by PhRMA (Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America) and participating pharmaceutical companies.

RxHope began as a grassroots effort of the Patient Assistance Managers and Directors of the PhRMA-member companies and has grown into the leading Internet-based patient assistance and sampling web portal in the pharmaceutical industry.

Each patient assistance request form has been custom-designed to the pharmaceutical company's rules engine. RxHope does not approve or deny requests nor do we take delivery or ship product. We merely remove the time and costs of these programs by web-enabling labor-intensive paperwork onto the physician's computer.

RxHope is an independent company, and is not affiliated with third parties who may provide patients with no-cost or low-cost medications. Those third parties do not endorse the content or processes used on this website, including our information collection or data storage processes. To understand how the information that you provide to us about yourself (or your patients) will be used, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

The Together Rx Access™ Program is a free savings program that helps qualified individuals and families save approximately 25%-40%* on over 275 brand-name prescription drugs and other prescription products, as well as save on a wide range of generic drugs. (Click here to see the most recent list of drugs and products.)

The Together Rx Access Card is sponsored by some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, helping more people take care of their health. Those companies are Abbott Laboratories; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, L.P.; LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; sanofi-aventis; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.; and TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc.

There are more companies who offer financial assistance. Check the lists of pharmaceutical companies in the previous heading for a specific company that produces the meds you take to see if they have a financial assistance program available.

*These sites have been quoted directly as I believe what they say about their sites or they already know what to say, better than I do.
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