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August 6, 2019

Patient Assistance Programs and Anti-Kickback Laws

Author Affiliations
  • 1Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2JAMA, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2019;322(5):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9791

Patient assistance programs provide financial support to patients who cannot afford their prescription drugs. In this issue of JAMA, Kang et al1 describe troubling findings about independent charity patient assistance programs, which are supported primarily by tax-free donations from pharmaceutical companies. The authors report findings from a cross-sectional study of the 6 largest independent charity foundations that offered various patient assistance programs, including those for Medicare beneficiaries.