Allergan Launches Botox Patient Assistance Program for Migraine
Commonly referred to as PAPs, patient assistance programs are services offered by some pharmaceutical companies for those who may not be able to afford their medication because they have too little or no insurance. Nearly all of the major pharmaceutical companies provide specific programs for their most widely used or most expensive drugs.
Who qualifies for PAPs?
Once a person meets certain financial and insurance standards, they may be able to get their medication free or at a reduced cost. PAPs are not regulated by the federal government and vary widely in their coverage and eligibility requirements.
Financial assistance for Botox
Allergan has made a PAP available for people who have been prescribed Botox for medical (non-cosmetic) reasons. In October of 2010, prophylaxis (prevention) of headaches in adults with chronic migraine, was added as an approved medical indication for Botox by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and therefore people using Botox for this indication are now eligible for assistance in the program.
Some additional qualifications include being commercially insured or self-insured in the United States (Massachusetts only if you have no drug insurance), not being enrolled in any federal or state government insurance program like Medicare or Medicaid, being at least 18 years of age or older, and meeting certain financial requirements that indicate a need for assistance. Once a person meets the criteria for the program and provides the necessary information that documents that Botox was administered for migraine, reimbursement of up to $75.00 per treatment will be provided via a debit card program.
How do I apply?
Patients who are interested in finding out more about this program, can visit the Botox Reimbursement Site or call a patient information hotline at (800) 44- BOTOX to request an application. Once the appropriate documentation is received and approved by Allergan, reimbursement support can be initiated. For more information on Botox and benefit shown in studies for prevention of migraines click here .
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