The current economic recession has affected many patient’s ability to pay for their prescription medicine. Some drug companies are responding with improved prescription drug help. Merck, which makes Singulair for asthma, Januvia for diabetes and Fosamax for osteoporosis, increased the amount of total annual income a family can make and still qualify for free medication in March. Individuals making less than $43,000 and families of four making less than $88,000 now can qualify for help with prescriptions. Merck says it has helped 1.7 million patients with $1.9 billion of medicine over the last seven years.
“We are committed to helping patients, and that commitment is evident in the $140 million of financial assistance we provided in 2008,” spokesperson Shannon Altimari from drug maker Biogen says. Biogen Idec provides help for prescription Avonex and Tysabri which is used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Pfizer announced a program earlier this year … Read More