A patient-assistance program is a program put together to assist people in getting prescription medication for free or at low costs. As of 2015, many states and corporate pharmaceutical companies have patient-assistance programs in place.
Websites such as PPARX.com, which represents the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, provide information and tools to help users find patient-assistance programs that may be available to them. Some programs allow users to submit an online application. If online submission is not available, the assistance program may offer the option to print and mail in the application. Income and medication restrictions are often in place to prevent abuse of the programs.