K.Srivani, K. Sravani, K. Vaishnavi
B. Pharmacy 2nd year, St. Paul’s College Of Pharmacy,
Under the Guidance of Mrs. D.Shital,
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
“Recovery is about refinement not perfection”
Let’s get into our topic
Prescription drug costs are higher than ever, leaving many patients with few options for affordable medications or nothing but drugs
Now we will see some introduction about the responsibilities on drugs
For any expensive drug or disease you can think of, an assistance program exists because it helps for affordable medications.
But getting assistance isn’t at all an easy task. Implementing patient cost sharing in the form of copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles is one of the most reliable methods for reducing health care costs. But imposing cost-sharing reduces patients’ demand for medical care, which sets the interests of insurers at odds with the interests of healthcare providers and drug and device manufacturers, who generally benefit when patients use more services.
Responsibilities of patients on drugs
Effects of drugs on patients
The way a drug affects you depends on:
Taking different drugs may cause:
Types of Drug Treatment Programs
Storage and maintenance of drugs
Temperature should be maintained to store drugs
In a deep freeze = (-15°C)
In a refrigerator = 2°C-8°C
Cold or cool = 8°C-15°C
Room temperature = 15°C-25°C
How do the patient assistance programs work?
If you don’t have any insurance they can’t afford medications,
These programs often help and offer free or low-cost options. The benefits you receive vary widely from program to program and programs often have different requirements.
Some examples of these programs
Here is a list of some of the largest patient assistance programs;
While these programs can provide many benefits, they are difficult to access and understand.
Patients typically can’t apply for PAPs without the help of their care team, because healthcare providers need to fill out part of the application.
Drug assistance programs are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and government agents.
Types of drug assistance programs
There are many types of drug assistance programs now.
We will see some of them below.
Usually these fall on three categories
1. Copay assistance programs;
It is a program which covers all parts of an insured, eligible patient out of pocket for a brand-name drug.
It is a form of cost-sharing. It is a fixed amount for covered services, paid by a patient to the provider.
2. Patient assistance programs
It can be written as PAPs
It supports uninsured and functionally uninsured eligible patients that meet certain requirements with free drugs.
3. Alternate funding programs
This traditional way of alternative funding basically consists of doing everything you can to acquire funding. While all of the options listed above are still viable, you will likely find yourself doing some sort of bootstrapping to prepare your business financially.
Drug assistance programs are very useful for patients to get medications at affordable cost and without any health insurance or medical insurance they will provide medication for the patient.
By this program the patients get their medicines for low or free of cost but application is some difficult for illiterate people
Patients’ responsibilities on drugs.
Patients should take care of their medications. by which time a drug has to be taken and the way of administration of the drug.
“While administration of drug check the label of the drug twice”
“Drugs are the nature’s gift, while some drugs are toxic in nature”
It’s our responsibility to take the medicines and cure ourselves”
Choudary, N.K.ct al.  drug company sponsored patient assistance programs
Niteesh k.choudhary, joy l.ee and William H . Shrank
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