Be on the Alert for NeedyMeds Look-Alikes
Consumers — be on the alert!
There are websites that claim to help people apply to prescription assistance programs. Some are reputable, but many are not. And you never need to use any of these services — you can do it all yourself at no cost.
Some of these sites imply they are NeedyMeds. Don't be fooled — NeedyMeds never charges for our information or help. You can also call our toll-free helpline at 800-503-6897.
We also have a list of local programs that either don't charge or charge for a small fee. To find a local program, visit our Help with Prescription Assistance Applications page.
Here are some warning signs of potential scams:
- The program makes outlandish promises: For example, the company claims it can get you any medicine or all your medicines for free. That just isn't the truth.
- They want your checking account information: Always pay by credit card (not debit card) because your credit card company can help you if you are ripped off.
- If you can't get a real person who is kind and compassionate on the phone, then be suspicious: Fast talking salespeople are not there to help you — they are there to take your money.
- Unanswered questions: If the program won't answer your questions to your satisfaction, then suspect a scam. For example, one program declared they gave part of their profits to a non-profit but would never say which non-profit.
- The fees are larger than their competition: These programs are there to make a profit, and that's not unreasonable. However, shop around and make sure you aren't paying a lot more than other services charge.
- They don't have a street address: Many companies use a post office box, but they should have a physical location. If you can't find one, then be wary.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau: This isn't a guarantee the company is legitimate, but it can help. A lot of complaints is a red flag.
- Do an online search for the company's name: See if you find a lot of complaints. If so, watch your step.
- They claim you have to use a company to help you apply: Most applications to PAPs are sent by the patients to the program directly with no assistance from any company. It's really not that hard to do it all yourself.
- They claim to have special knowledge or can get the medication to you faster: There is no special knowledge about these programs; it's all on our website. PAPs don't give priority to applications sent in by these companies.
NeedyMeds' mission has been the same since its beginnings in 1997 — to offer information on programs that can help with the cost of medication and healthcare — for free. Consumers can find all the information on brand name and generic name prescription patient assistance programs, free/low-cost/sliding scale clinics, diagnosis-based assistance programs, state-sponsored programs and programs that help with prescription assistance applications on our website for no charge. If you are worried about getting scammed, or want to be sure that you are getting access to free information on assistance programs, call our toll-free helpline at 800-503-6897.
We are here to help you get the medicines you need — and we never charge to help you.