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This entry is a continuation of our blog series on how to save medical costs.

Strategy 5

Use the drug manufacturer as a resource for payment assistance. If you are purchasing a brand name medication, the drug manufacturer should be your first bet on getting financial assistance. Most drug companies have a dedicated “hub” that handles that particular brand of medication and will be able to help you with anything from providing you with a coupon card, to copay/payment assistance, to providing free drugs for limited amount of time.

Note that there are restrictions to these types of assistance. Mainly, you must be prescribed the medication for FDA-approved indications (they often need diagnosis confirmation from your physician) and meet the clinical criteria pertaining to that diagnosis.