Hepatitis C Survivor  

Resources 

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb



Pharmaceutical Resources:



Okay, let's face it, Hepatitis C medications are expensive.  Even with insurance, your co-pay may be larger than your car payment and these days, hardly anyone can afford that.  Even without insurance, some people make too much money to qualify for government assistance. What many people don't realize is that the drug companies are aware that they are overpriced and have programs in place to offset the cost of their drugs for those who will struggle to pay for them.  


Over the past few years, the Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) has worked with the pharmaceutical industry to make access to these co-pay and patient assistance programs easier for people who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C.  The FPC has negotiated co-pay programs with every major Hepatitis drug manufacturer. This is a list of assistance programs for Hepatitis C and contact information for same.  


Free drugs are available to people with low incomes who do not qualify for any other insurance or assistance program. Different company programs have different eligibility criteria.  You will be asked to provide verification of income, usually a copy of a W-2 or a copy of a federal tax return.  Do not despair if you do not fit the criteria but have extenuating circumstances, you can apply for an exception.


There are also groups who will assist with drug costs if you do not qualify with the pharmaceutical company.  These programs are actually quite easy to qualify for.  Everyone who needs to be treated CAN be treated, regardless of the cost of the medications.


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GILEAD


Drug Covered:  Sovaldi


Contact Information and Program Details:  http://www.mysupportpath.com


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MERCK & CO


Drugs Covered:  Peg-Intron and Victrelis


Contact Information and Program Details:  http://www.merck.com/merckhelps/patientassistance/home.html


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VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS


Drug Covered:  Incivek


Contact Information and Program Details:  http://www.vrtx.com/our-medicines/financial-assistance-and-patient-support-program


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GENETECH/ROCHE 


Drugs Covered:  Pegasys and Copegus


Contact Information and Program Details:  http://www.pegasys.com/patient/for-patients/pegassist-support/index.html


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JOHNSON & JOHNSON


Drugs Covered:  Procrit 


Contact Information and Program Details:  http://www.janssenprescriptionassistance.com/procrit-cost-assistance


**Note - Procrit is NOT a treatment for HCV but is a treatment for anemia, which is a common side effect of HCV treatment.  Not everyone will need or be prescribed this medication. 


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Partnership for Prescription Coverage  -  1-888-477-2669  -  www.pparx.org 


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NeedyMeds  -  www.needymeds.org


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Hepatitis C Information:  The following organizations are great resources and will help you learn even more about Hepatitis C.


American Liver Foundation  -  1-800-465-4837

www.liverfoundation.org

There is a local chapter of this organization in every State. 


Hepatitis Education Project  -  1-206-732-0311

www.hepeducation.org 


Hepatitis Foundation International  -  1-800-891-0707

www.hepfi.org 


Hep C Connection  -  1-800-522-4372

www.hepc-connection.org


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Social Security Disability Assistance:  


If you are filing for Social Security Disability you can find an attorney who specializes in Social Security in your area here: 


NOSSCR.National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives.


This is a 800 number where anyone can call and get names and numbers of Social Security Disability Attorney's in their area.

800-431-2804


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HIV/HCV Co-Infection Resources:


HIV and Hepatitis:  www.hivandhepatitis.com 


Project Inform:  www.projectinform.org

Hotline: 1-800-822-7422


National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project:  www.natap.org

1-888-26-NATAP


Treatment Action Group: www.treatmentactiongroup.org



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Clinical Trials:  Clinical trials are a great way to get medical treatment for Hepatitis C if you do not have insurance.  In a clinical trial, all testing and doctors visits are covered within the framework of the trial.  Some actually pay you.  The website below will list all current clinical trials everywhere.  Find one near you.  


Clinical Trials.Gov:  www.clinicaltrials.gov 


Center for the Study of Hepatitis C

http://www.hepccenter.org/clinical_trial



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Hepatitis & Tattoos:  www.hepatitistattoos.org