Some drugs/drug companies provide a co-pay card for those who have insurance coverage. It will provide a free or low cost per script. CANNOT have Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other government assistance. Patients present the co-pay card at the pharmacy with the prescription. There is usually a telephone or on-line registration process.
For those without insurance or (in some cases Medicaid pending) patients can get free drug. There is usually an application process that includes providing some financial information; may require documentation; has a MD component. Some drugs are sent directly to the physician for dispensing. Sometimes the patient gets a card to take to the pharmacy.
Most “scheduled” drugs like narcotics and some psychiatric meds are not available. But I always look and don’t assume.
It is helpful to know both the brand and generic name of the med when looking it up
Family Health Center has a social worker who assists family with this process
Needymeds.org lists both free drug (patient assistance programs PAP) and co-pay cards. Look under Patient Savings Tab.