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    • Benefits Check Up—On-line Screening for Assistance Programs - Through anonymous answers to simple questions, this site screens seniors for possible eligibility for medical and social service programs. The surveys state the typical amount of time necessary to complete and receive a list of programs that can be printed out. The site is sponsored by the National Council on Aging, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

    • Free Medication through the AIDS Drug Distribution Program (from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - This federal government site provides information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials and treatments. It also contains information about treatment regimens for HIV and AIDS-related illnesses.

    • Free and Reduced-Cost Prescription Drugs - This site provides information about the many patient assistance programs that are offered by companies for free and reduced-cost prescription drugs for low-income people without prescription coverage. It contains information on programs for more than 800 prescription drugs.

    • How to Identify and Report Health Fraud: Protecting Yourself - This U.S. Food and Drug Administration website contains important information about all types of health fraud, with particular emphasis on fraudulent sales of prescription medicines. The site contains safety alerts, tells how to report fraud and dangerous products, explains the possible dangers of ordering prescriptions online, provides information about counterfeit drugs, and much more.

    • NORD (National Organization of Rare Disorders) - NORD is a not-for-profit coalition of voluntary health organizations. It focuses on helping people with “rare orphan” diseases and organizations that serve them through advocacy, education, research, and service programs. Their website links to their patient assistance program to help uninsured and under-insured individuals afford the life-sustaining medications they cannot afford.

      This website also describes how to apply for NORD’s program for financial help with medical foods for individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU).

    • PAAD, Lifeline, and HAAAD Information (from the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services) - This State website provides links to several programs and services for seniors, including New Jersey’s pharmaceutical assistance programs, PAAD and Senior Gold.

    • Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program (from PhRMA) - This is a link to the programs for free and reduced-cost prescription meds for low-income people without prescription coverage. These programs are provided by members of the pharmaceutical companies’ trade organization, PhRMA.

    • Types of Over-the-Counter Medicines and How They Work (from the American Academy of Family Physicians) - This is a guide to the use and appropriateness of different types of over-the-counter drugs.

    This information last reviewed 10/26/11


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