Website Links to Helpful Information
Florida Health Agencies:
To learn about possible side effects, interactions, and precautions that may apply to your prescription medication, visit:
- Medicare: Provides information about approved drug discount cards and prescription price programs offered by various drug discount card companies: 1-800-633-4227 or http://www.medicare.gov
- National Institute of Health: Provides information on more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
- U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Provides information about new prescription drug approvals, drug safety & side effects, and public health alerts & warning letters: http://www.fda.gov
- DrugWatch.com: A comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide: http://www.drugwatch.com
For additional Consumer Information, visit:
The Florida Discount Drug Card Program:
The Florida Discount Drug Card is designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Florida residents who are:
- Age 60 and older and without prescription drug coverage or who fall into the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage gap; OR
- Under age 60, without prescription drug coverage, and with an annual family income of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.Qualifying incomes include those below the following:
AARP: Provides a Rx Drug Guide
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Consumer information about prescription drug scams.
Pharmacy Assistance and Drug Discount Programs:
To learn about prescription purchasing assistance programs offered by the State of Florida, visit: www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov/medical-help-resources/prescription-drugs.aspx
- SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders): This is a free, volunteer-based health insurance counseling program for seniors administered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. To obtain the latest detailed information on Medicare HMO coverage in Florida, as well as other programs and services, call toll-free (800) 963-5337 or visit their website.
- Sunshine for Seniors helps eligible seniors enroll in existing pharmaceutical patient assistance programs. For more information call the toll-free Elder Helpline 1-800- 963-5337.
To learn more about prescription purchasing assistance programs offered by private organizations, visit:
- National Council on Aging - Benefits Check Up Program helps seniors find programs that may help pay for some of the cost of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other services: http://www.benefitscheckup.org
- Needy Meds provides information about patient assistance programs that provide no cost prescription medications to eligible participants: http://www.needymeds.com
- PhRMA - The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America provides information about discounted/free Prescription Drug Assistance Programs offered by drug manufacturers: http://www.helpingpatients.org
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides information on Prescription Drug Assistance Programs for generic versions of brand name medications. Includes online application forms: http://www.rxassist.org/default.cfm
- Consumers Union offers an educational and outreach initiative through its free website designed to help consumers and their doctors identify the most effective and affordable medicines. http://www.CRBestBuyDrugs.org
Other Private Programs:
Some private companies directly sponsor assistance programs for low income patients. Please contact each company to determine their requirements for eligibility.