Most major pharmaceutical companies have drug assistance programs, which provide medications to people who cannot afford them  In most cases, your physician must apply to these programs on your behalf, but you can call and obtain the applications and information yourself.

  • Alza
    Phone  800-609-1083     Fax  800-482-1896
    Products: Ethyol (amifostine), Doxil HCI
  • Amgen Inc.
    Phone  800-272-9376     Fax  888-508-8090
    Product: Neupogen (filgrastim or granulocyte colony stimulating factor)
  • Anesta
    Phone  877-229-1241
    Product: Actiq (oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate)
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
    Phone  800-424-3727
    Products: Armidex (anastrozle), Casodex (bicalutamide), Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate), Zoladex (goserelin acetate implant)
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals
    Phone  800-221-4025
    Products: nilandron (available through the Aventis Patient Assistance Program-Kansas City)
  • Bayer Corporation
    Phone  800-998-9180
    Product: DTIC Dome
  • Berlex Laboratories
    Phone  800-473-5832     Fax  703-706-5925
    Product: fludara (fludarabine phosphate) for injection
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Phone  800-272-4878     Fax  888-776-2370
    Products: all Bristol-Myers Squibb oncology products
  • Chiron Therapeutics
    Phone  800-775-7533     Fax  415-495-6790
    Products: proleukin (aldesleukin, IL-2), DepoCyt (cytarabine liposome injection)
  • Eli Lilly & Company, Lilly Oncology
    Phone  888-4-GEMZAR  (888/443-6927)     Fax  877-366-0585
    Products: gemzar,oncovin, and velban.
  • Genentech, Inc.
    Single Point of Contact/UPP
    Phone  888-249-4918     Fax  888-249-4919
    Products: herceptin (trastuzumab), rituxan (rituximab)
  • Gilead Sciences
    Reimbursement Support and Assistance Program
    Phone  800-226-2056     Fax  888-216-6857
    Products: vistide, danuoxome
  • Glaxo Wellcome
    Phone  800-722-9294
    Products: duragesic (fentanyl transdermal system), ergamisol (levamisole hydrochloride) tablets
  • MGI Pharma, Inc.
    Phone  888-743-5711
    Product: salagen tablets (pilocarpine hydrochloride)
  • Novartis
    Phone  800-257-3273     Fax  480-314-7170
    Call for product list
  • Nycomed Amersham
    Phone  800-654-0118     Fax 609-514-6575
    Products: OncoSed (1-125 Seeds), Rapid Strand (1-125 seeds), Metastron (Strontium-89 Chloride)
  • Ortho Biotech Inc.
    Phone  800-553-2851     Fax  800-683-7855.
    Products: procrit (epoetin alfa) for non-dialysis use, leustatin (cladribine) injection
  • Parke-Davis
    Phone  908-725-1247
    Products: most Parke-Davis outpatient products with chronic indications are covered.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
    Phone  800-869-9979
    Product: diflucan
  • Pharacia & Upjohn
    Phone  800-242-7014
    Note: this company does not give out product lists. Patients must go through Oncology Hotline first for a review of benefits.  After that, the patient is referred to the patient assistance program if applicable.
  • Roche Laboratories, Inc.
    Phone  800-443-6676 (choose option #2)
    Products: xeloda, vesanoid, Roferon-A, FUDR (floxuridine)
  • Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
    Phone  800-274-8651
    Products: Oramorph Sr, roxanol, roxicodone, marinol, viramune
  • Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals
    Phone  800-999-6673     Fax  746-6481
    Product: matulane (procarbizine)
  • SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
    Phone  800-699-3806     Fax  714-750-8513
    Products: hycamtin, kytril
  • The Liposome Company
    Phone  800-345-2252     Fax  714-750-8513
    Product: abelcet

Another source of information about pharmaceutical programs to assist patients
obtain medications is at Needy Meds.

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2125 Arizona Avenue, Suite 102
Santa Monica, CA  90404
Phone 310.453.1046     FAX 310.453.1086