Specialty Pharmacy

Patient Resources

Here are important and helpful documents you can download, print, and read. If you don’t have access to a printer, let us know and we can mail the documents to you.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 877-727-2503 (option 2).

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Patient Prescription Assistance Program (PPAP)

The Texas Children’s Hospital PPAP program is for Texas Children’s Hospital Specialty Pharmacy patients who do not have prescription drug coverage and need help to afford their medications. Similar patient assistance programs may be offered by pharmaceutical companies to provide free or low cost prescription drugs to qualifying individuals.

To be considered for assistance, a patient must:

  • be a U.S resident
  • receive medications from Texas Children’s Specialty Pharmacy
  • show proof of household income
  • not have prescription drug coverage
  • meet with a Texas Children’s Hospital Financial Counselor

How to apply

Once the patient has met with a Texas Children’s Financial Counselor, the patient will need to provide:

  • proof of income (Select one option: most recent tax return, three paycheck stubs, or a social security award letter)
  • household size
  • valid identification

NOTICE: If you withhold or provide false information your application may be denied or cancelled at any time.

Patient can be approved for medication coverage for up to one year from approval. If approved, the patient is responsible for:

  • scheduling monthly refill requests
  • applying for PPAP every year

How to submit application

Please email PPAP documents to ppap@texaschildrens.org or fax to 832-825-0627. Documents may also be dropped off at the Admissions Office on West Tower Level 3 at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday (except holidays).

Contact us

If you have questions regarding the Patient Prescription Assistance Program, please contact us at ppap@texaschildrens.org or 832-822-1931, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions and diseases, but they must be taken with care. Unused portions of these medicines must be disposed of properly to avoid harm. The resources listed below provide important information about safe disposal of medicines.


Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

You can dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home. 


DEA National Prescription Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.


Safe Disposal of Needles, Syringes, and Other 'Sharps'

Sharps is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. They may be used at home, at work, and while traveling to manage the medical conditions of people or their pets, including allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, and psoriasis.

Examples of sharps include:

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
  • Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
  • Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.

How to Dispose of Sharps

Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container. FDA-cleared sharps containers are generally available through pharmacies, medical supply companies, health care providers and online. These containers are made of puncture-resistant plastic with leak-resistant sides and bottom. They also have a tight fitting, puncture-resistant lid.

If an FDA-cleared container is not available a heavy-duty plastic household container, such as a laundry detergent container can be used as an alternative.


In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, such as a hurricane, tornado, or flooding, Specialty Pharmacy will make every effort to minimize interruptions or delays in your child’s prescription therapy.

If you have advance notice of an impending weather event, check your child’s medication supply and let us know if you’re running low. In the event of a power outage, contact us for  guidance on properly storing refrigerated medications. And if you need to evacuate, please let us know your new location to avoid delivery delays.

Texas Children’s Specialty Pharmacy – available 24/7
Toll Free: (877) 727-2503 (option 2)
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. CT.
A pharmacist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for questions and support.

General Emergency Preparedness

  • Have a plan to address emergencies, disasters, and other unexpected events before they occur.
  • Prepare a disaster kit with basic essential supplies, including a battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
  • Stay alert for emergency information, instructions, evacuation procedures, and orders via your radio, television, or mobile devices.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit these helpful links: