Help with Prescription Costs

  • – a non-profit group that can help patients in need receive a discount card for prescriptions (under “Patient Savings” – provides information about patient assistance from pharmaceutical companies; and SHIP (state health insurance assistance program)).
  • – provides information on free or discounted medications from pharmaceutical companies for patients without insurance.
  • – discounted medications for low income individuals.
  • – lists of services to assist with paying for medications or food.
  • – This site will help your patient identify a generic substitution for a brand-name medication you prescribed. It will also direct patients to where they can purchase generic medications for the least expense.
  • There are websites (,, and apps (lowestmed, goodrx) that can be used on smartphones to compare prices.

Credits: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Resources for Medicare patients

  • – This site helps patients understand and choose from Medicare Part D plans offered within their state; formulary information for each plan is included.
  • Medicare pharmaceutical assistance programs – Provides criteria for eligibility and contact information on state help for drug payments.
  • – An independent, non-profit, consumer advocacy group that counsels patients and helps them navigate the Medicare system, and make the most of their Medicare coverage.
  • – A Social Security-based program that provides options for patients who need assistance with medication costs.
  • – Provides instruction and the application to apply to the Extra Help program.
  • – State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP); one-on-one counseling for patients and families to assist with their Medicare options.

Credits: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology


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According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

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Only about 5% to 10% of these reactions are due to an allergy to the medication.

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