At Merck, we believe that no one should go without the medicines or vaccines they need. That is why the company provides its medicines and adult vaccines for free to people who do not have prescription drug or health insurance coverage and who, without our assistance, cannot afford their Merck medicines and vaccines. This is consistent with Merck’s long-held values and traditions of putting patients first. Merck created our first US Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) to keep affordable medicines within patients’ reach. Today, our patient assistance offerings include several programs.
This private and confidential program provides medicine free of charge to eligible individuals, primarily the uninsured who, without our assistance, could not afford needed Merck medicines. Individuals who don’t meet the insurance criteria may still qualify for the Merck Patient Assistance Program if they attest that they have special circumstances of financial and medical hardship, and their income meets the program criteria. A single application may provide for up to 1 year of medicine free of charge to eligible individuals and an individual may reapply as many times as needed.