Some drugs, particularly those used to treat serious health conditions, are typically administered by healthcare practitioners or in a clinical setting. These prescriptions are not usually filled in retail pharmacies and typically need to be handled, administered or monitored by healthcare professionals. They are often very expensive and patients may need authorization from insurers.

Specialty medication may be covered under medical benefits rather than prescription insurance. People without insurance who require these specialty drugs may be eligible for financial support from the manufacturer, government or a non-profit organization.

For more information, visit the manufacturer’s website, which often lists patient assistance programs. Alternatively, take a look at the Financial Assistance section of our FAQs.

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