Prescription Drug Program
Perhaps you’ve seen the commercial on TV from Merck about a prescription drug program that offers free or reduced prescription medicines and perhaps you haven’t. Either way, the company’s alternative prescription drug program for the uninsured is worth checking out if you happen to require any of the medications manufactured by Merck.
Merck & Co., Inc. is a research and development-centered pharmaceutical company that also publishes the Merck Manual of Medical Information. Merck manufacturers several drugs including Singulair, Fosamax, and Zocor. The company is now offering an alternative prescription drug program for the uninsured.
There are actually two programs they are offering. The first is the Merck Prescription Discount Program, which is designed for individuals without prescription drug insurance coverage. There are no age or income restrictions for this particular prescription drug program and it basically offers discounts of 10% to 40% on any Merck drug. From their website, users can print an instant 10% savings certificate and request further information on the discount program.
The second prescription drug program offered by the company is the Merck Patient Assistance Program. Under this program, patients who meet the specified criteria can receive their Merck medications for free. To qualify patients must be living in the United States and must not have any other form of prescription insurance including Medicaid and Medicare, and they must show financial need by meeting certain income requirements. The income limits are as follows: $19,600 or less for individuals, $26,400 or less for couples, and $40,000 or less for a family of four. In certain situations, medical or financial hardship can be considered for qualification even if the income guidelines are not met.
Interested individuals who would like to see if they qualify and learn if Merck’s prescription drug program would be a benefit should visit www.merckhelps.com or call 1-800-727-5400. Patients should also ask their doctor if their medications would qualify.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.