Help for my dad - tips wanted

Hi, my name is Dawn and I’m the daughter of a great man with diabetes. I wanted to join this site because I live 3000 miles away from him and I don’t know how else to help him than to connect with his community. He doesn’t have access to a computer, really lives off-the-grid, so while this forum would be helpful if he could access it, I thought I could be his helper.

My dad has had diabetes for at least 10 years. He takes Lantus everyday and well, he can't pay for it easily. How do people in the "middle" get help? What I mean as the middle are those people who earn money, but not enough to pay for their own healthcare due to pre-existing conditions, and those who are below poverty limits, get any help? He struggles to pay for his meds every month because my mother has a heart condition and needs expensive meds, too. Anyone have any advice for a daughter who lives far away and wants to help her follks out?

Much, much appreciated!!!

Here’s a long list of resources that may be of help. I use the Abbott people, sometimes, for strips…

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance works with pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public and private programs. Many patients receive free or nearly free assistance. Following is a list of pharmaceutical companies you can call regarding your particular medications as well as a state-by-state list of local assistance that is available.


Abbott Diabetes Care Patient Assistance Program
The Abbott Diabetes Care Patient Assistance Program offers assistance on blood glucose meters and strips to low-income patients in the United States. In 2006, more than 5,200 patients were approved for assistance at a retail value of approximately $425,000. We donated nearly 3,500 blood glucose meters and more than 35,000 boxes of blood glucose strips. For more information about this program, visit

Abbott Laboratories
Abbott Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-222-6885

Ross Medical Nutritionals Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-222-6885

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Amylin Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-330-7647

AztraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP
AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-292-6363

Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-221-4025

Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Bayer Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-998-9180

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Phone – 1-800-736-0003

Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly Cares
Phone – 1-800-545-6962

Bridges to Access
Phone – 1-866-728-4368

Commitment to Access
Phone – 1-866-265-6491

Johnson & Johnson
Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-652-6227

Merck Patient Assistance Program
Phone - 1-800-994-2111

Merck/Scherling-Plough Pharmaceuticals
Merck/Sherling-Plough Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-347-7503

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-277-2254

Novo Nordisk Inc.
Novo Nordisk Diabetes Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-866-310-7549

Pfizer Inc.
Pfizer Helpful Answers
Phone – 1-800-706-2400

Pfizer Bridge Program (Endocrine Care)
Phone – 1-800-645-1280

Pfizer Pfriends Savings Program
Phone – 1-800-706-2400

Roche Laboratories Inc.
Roche Laboratories Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-877-757-6243

Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-221-4025

Scherling-Plough Corporation
SP-Cares Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-656-9485

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
Takeda Patient Assistance Program
Phone – 1-800-830-9159 or 1-877-582-5332

Together Rx Access
A free savings program sponsored by Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers, Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, members of Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis Group, Takeda and TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc.
Phone – 1-800-444-4106


I could cry… Thank you!!!

You’re welcome!! :slight_smile: Welcome to our community… Glad you are helping your dad.
So you know, in that wonderful list of resources you just sent me, the link to the patient assistance program was slightly incorrect. Here is the correct one, so you can pass it on to other folks.