NAMI has recently started endorsing the Partnership
for Prescription Assistance , a new program that seeks to boost
enrollment in existing Patient Assistance Programs by helping consumers
identify and apply for programs for which they may be eligible. This
may be a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with Assistance
Programs that might work for you - however, we don't yet know how
successful the Partnership is at enrolling people in good programs,
or how much they may charge for their service. If anyone has experiences
to share about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (good or
bad), please email the administration at: szwebmaster@.
Visit their website ( http:// ) or call 1-888-477-2669 if you are interested.
Free information sites about PAPs - include databases searchable by state, medication, or company name
If your patient refuses or is unable to take oral medication, Invega Sustenna and Zyprexa Relprevv are potential alternatives (as is fluphenazine). Both Invega Sustenna and Zyprexa Relprevv begin acting right away, so no oral overlap is needed. Both medications are also conveniently packaged as pre-filled syringes; however, dosing can be a bit tricky. For example, Invega Sustenna requires two separate loading doses one week apart (234 mg on day one, and 156 mg on day eight). The maintenance dose, usually 117 mg (the equivalent of 6 mg oral), is given every four weeks (Bishara D, Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat 2010;6(1):561–572).