This is a listing of many discount prescription programs in our area. Virtually all assistance programs have income limitations and other rules, and require jumping through quite a few hoops, but several have eased eligibility requirements because of the recession. First,

  1. Talk to your doctor about your options. Often the both of you can work something out.
  2. Search the Internet for online applications, support group links, coupons, etc.
  3. Most programs require documentation:
    • a. Last income tax return or recent pay stubs
    • b. If unemployed, a document from our former employer stating you have been terminated and your health insurance has been stopped
    • c. Last few months of bank statements
    • d. Statements covering any investments you have
    • e. Information on accumulated medical debt, which could affect eligibility


World Medical Relief                                    
Open Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00 pm

21725 Melrose Ave., Southfield, MI 48075
Southfield, MI 48075
313-866-5333 (medications)
313-866-5588 (fax)

World Medical Relief dispenses medications to anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Michigan and meets their income requirements: $36,000 or below for singles, $41,400 for marrieds.  If you qualify your medications will cost $8.30 per medication per month, mailed to your home.

Ferndale Family Pharmacy    
733 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220

Health Choice Pharmacy      
600 W. Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220    
(in Foodland Grocery)                                                     

Online assists

This website and smartphone app compares prescription drug prices at pharmacies nationwide.  A great resource!

Needy Meds
Offers help getting more than 4,100 medicines, plus links to discount drug card and coupon programs, free or low-cost clinics and programs offering equipment and supplies for specific diseases. VERY user-friendly web site.   They now do not approve medications for people eligible for either the Affordable Care Act Insurance Plans or Healthy Michigan.

A non-profit pharmacy that works directly with patients.  Go online to enroll. (The website is uses friendly.)

RX Assist
Links to state-run assistance programs and programs to help with drug co-payments, and a search by drug name for available help.

A website that will help you find your generic prescription drugs through discount programs.

Financial Assistance for specific medical conditions/medications

Heart medications

Kidney diseases

Rare diseases
Pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, offer discounts for their own medicines. AstraZeneca has one just for Medicare Part D recipients.

Inexpensive generics:
Many pharmacy chains and supermarket chains offer many widely used generic medicines for as little as $4/month or $10/3 month supply and some antibiotics are free. Costco has a positive reputation for their pharmacy program and does not require that patients become members. Just tell their door greeter that you are going to the pharmacy.