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Where are free diabetes supplies available?

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RX Assist, Needy Meds, Partnership for Prescription Assistance and RxHope are recommended by the American Diabetes Association for diabetics needing help paying for diabetic testing supplies. One of the most popular, Partnership for Prescription Assistance, offers a database of different companies and organizations that offers free or reduced-cost diabetic supplies.

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Where are free diabetes supplies available?
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The Partnership for Prescription Assistance separates supplies into categories for ease of searching its database for supplies needed. The categories include test strips, glucose meters and insulin syringes, as of March 2015. Other categories include medical testing and service animals. A list of pharmaceutical company programs is also available.

Some of the links on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance include links to Abbott Diabetes Care for free blood glucose monitoring system kits and links to the ACCU-CHEK Patient Assistance Program for help with ACCU-CHEK testing strips. Additional links to patient assistance resources for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP services, savings cards and health insurance marketplaces provide added help for diabetics.

Many pharmaceutical companies offer their own programs to help low-income diabetics. Abbott Laboratires, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Eli Lilly are some companies that offer assistance. Medtronic Mini-Med, GlaxoSmithKline Merck and Co., Inc., and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. offer diabetics low-cost or free supplies if customers meet certain requirements.

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