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Can drug discount cards help with the costs of hepatitis C treatments?

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Some organizations offer free drug discount cards that can help with hepatitis C and other medications.

The cards may be a good option if you’re uninsured or underinsured. Even if you have insurance, you can get discounts on drugs your plan doesn't cover. You don't even need to fill out an application to get one. All you have to do is print it out. They include:

NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card. The American Liver Foundation offers a discount card through an organization called NeedyMeds. You can use it at any of 63,000 participating pharmacies, like Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and local drugstores.

On the NeedyMeds website, you can also find information about other programs to help with health care costs.

Hepatitis Foundation International Health Savings Card. The average savings with this free drug discount card is 30%. But it may go up to 75%. You can use the card as your primary plan or for prescriptions your insurance plan doesn’t cover. More than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies accept it.

SOURCES:  

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal : "Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

American Liver Foundation: "Drug Discount Card," "Financial Assistance Resources," "Support for Patients with Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Association: "Help4Hep."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Hepatitis Foundation International Health Savings Card," "National and International Resources for the Best in Hepatitis Information and Support."

Life Beyond Hepatitis C: "Patient Assistance Programs for Treatment & Healthcare."

PAN Foundation: "Hepatitis C."

Journal of Health and Biomedical Law : "Drug Pricing & Challenges to Hepatitis C Treatment Access."

Consumer Reports: "The Shocking Rise of Prescription Drug Prices."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:  

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal : "Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

American Liver Foundation: "Drug Discount Card," "Financial Assistance Resources," "Support for Patients with Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Association: "Help4Hep."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Hepatitis Foundation International Health Savings Card," "National and International Resources for the Best in Hepatitis Information and Support."

Life Beyond Hepatitis C: "Patient Assistance Programs for Treatment & Healthcare."

PAN Foundation: "Hepatitis C."

Journal of Health and Biomedical Law : "Drug Pricing & Challenges to Hepatitis C Treatment Access."

Consumer Reports: "The Shocking Rise of Prescription Drug Prices."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 26, 2020

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