Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Prescription Assistance

Prescription Assistance helps individuals gain access to drug company assistance programs which supply prescription medications at low or no cost.

Prescription assistance is offered in the way of Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs), which are created by pharmaceutical companies to provide free or discounted medication to people who are unable to afford them. 

An applicant typically has to apply to each program separately.   If you have access to a computer at home or through a public library, log on to www.needymeds.org and click on Patient Savings and then Prescription Assistance or www.pparx.org and click on Prescription Assistance Programs and then Patient Assistance Programs.

If you do not have access to a computer complete the Prescription Assistance Program form which includes a list of all medications you are currently taking (ask your pharmacy for a printout) and mail to:

Department of Social Services
Adult Services and Aging
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD  57501-2291

If you have questions or need assistance to complete the form please call Adult Services & Aging at the following toll free telephone number:  1-866-854-5465

The Prescription Assistance Program is intended to be a temporary solution to ease the financial burden of purchasing medications.  There is no guarantee that all medications will be covered or that you will be eligible for each drug company program.  Each program has its own qualifying criteria and eligibility so application requirements vary by drug company.