Prescription Drugs The Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that 2/3 of chronically ill patients do not tell their physician that they cannot afford the drugs they are prescribed. Many states, communities and drug company programs are available but individuals do not know about them — what would you suggest for a community health measure to get the word out? For example, do you know any women who have had their breast cancer chemotherapy paid for by Avon? by Mary Kay? through a drug company?