American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers programs that help cancer patients, family
members, and friends cope with the treatment decisions and emotional challenges they face.
Brain Tumor Society
The Brain Tumor Society is a national non-profit agency that provides information about
brain tumors and related conditions for patients and their families. Financial assistance is
given through the agency’s BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program. This program
provides supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This
program covers specific nonmedical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct
medical expenses are not covered.
CancerCare is a national non-profit agency that offers free support, information, financial
assistance, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. Financial assistance
is given in the form of limited grants for certain treatment expenses.
GoodDays is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps
underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the
expensive medications they need.
Telephone: (972) 608-7141
The Healthwell Foundation
The HealthWell Foundation® is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps individuals
afford prescription medications they are taking for specific illnesses. The Foundation
provides financial assistance to eligible patients to cover certain out-of-pocket health care
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical
companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and
community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the
medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will
get them free or nearly free.
Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN Foundation)
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit foundation
established in 2004, dedicated to assisting patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket
costs associated with their treatment needs. With 20 disease-specific funds, PAN assists the
underinsured in accessing health care treatments.
Telephone: 866-316-PANF (7263)
Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard
patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment,
and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or
Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs
Some pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drug programs to make specific drugs available to people who could not otherwise afford them. Generally, your doctor must apply to these programs on your behalf. However, you can call and obtain the applications and information to help speed the process. Eligibility requirements and program operations vary greatly from one program to another.
Following are listings of pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs for some of
the drugs commonly used by people with lung cancer.
Amgen’s patient assistance programs are a continuum of services designed to provide access
through free goods and other support services to qualifying uninsured and underinsured
patients. In addition, Amgen makes donations to third-party co-pay assistance foundations.
To enroll, please call the appropriate hotline number listed below.
Telephone: 1-800-272-9376 (nephrology)
1-888-762-6436 (The Safety Net Foundation)
The Sanofi-aventis patient assistance program offers free medication to people who
otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other programspecific
criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication
assistance from the Sanofi-aventis patient assistance program, register for free at
The Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals patient assistance program offers free medication to
people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and
other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for
medication assistance register for free at www.rxassist.org/pap-info/companydetail?CmpId=7
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization.
The Foundation was established in 1998 to provide temporary assistance to qualifying
patients with a financial hardship who generally have no private prescription drug insurance
and are not enrolled in a prescription drug coverage plan through Medicaid or any other
federal, state, or local health program.
Eli Lilly and Company – Lilly Oncology
For Gemzar® and Alimta®, Lilly provides assistance with obtaining reimbursement. If
patients do not have insurance and are unable to obtain other financial assistance, they may
be eligible to obtain Lilly oncology products through the patient assistance program. For
information about obtaining reimbursement assistance and patient assistance, visit:
Genentech Access Solutions helps patients access their medicines and explore possible
solutions to coverage or reimbursement issues. For patients and their healthcare providers,
Genentech Access Solutions provides: coverage and reimbursement, patient assistance, and
informational resources. Call (866) 4 ACCESS / (866) 422-2377 between the hours of 6 a.m.
and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or 24/7 through our website
“GSK For You” features information on patient assistance programs from other resources,
too. Please browse the Internet site to see if you may be eligible to save on your prescription
Merck & Company, Inc.
Merck Patient Assistance Program
This private and confidential program provides medicine free of charge to eligible
individuals, primarily the uninsured.
Novartis Oncology Reimbursement Program
The Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s Patient Assistance Program (PAP) provides
assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third party insurance
coverage for their medicines.
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
This program is designed to provide free prescription medicines to eligible individuals who
don’t have insurance coverage for their products and do not have adequate financial
The Purdue Pharma patient assistance program offers free medication to people who
otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program
specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication
assistance from the Purdue Pharma patient assistance program:
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug
Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trial and who are in an immediate medical crisis
may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved. Your doctor would have to
apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug, an approval known as a Single Patient
IND for Compassionate or Emergency Use. Contact information appears below. The FDA
usually responds to an application within 24 to 48 hours.
Telephone: CDER Oncology Drug Products (most cancer drugs): 301-594-2473
CBER Oncology Branch (for biologicals): 301-827-5093