PROGRAM UNITES AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, DOCTORS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, PATIENT ADVOCATES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
( http://www.pparx.org or call 1-888-477-2669)
Contact: Mo Mayrides at 202-466-7643, x273
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2005 -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced its participation in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a groundbreaking initiative to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors and other health care providers, patient advocates and community leaders. The program offers a single point of access, through a toll-free phone number, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), or Web site (www.pparx.org), to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies
“We are proud to join the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. This initiative is important for the patients we work with every day who are uninsured or have trouble paying for health care,” said AAFA Executive Director Bill McLin. "Access to asthma and allergy medicines remains the cornerstone of quality care and effective disease management for the millions who suffer from these chronic conditions. This new Partnership gives patients, caregivers, physicians, and other health care professionals ready access to a simplified way of helping themselves and those who can't otherwise afford their medicines."
To boost enrollment in patient assistance programs nationwide, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is rolling out an extensive grassroots awareness program. Over the next year, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance will work with community leaders to establish chapters in all 50 states. In addition, efforts will be supported by a substantial national broadcast and print advertising campaign.
“Millions of Americans can benefit from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance,” said Bill McLin. “We will work with our chapters and networks across America to help spread the word about this important program.”
Patients who need help paying for their prescription medicines should call toll-free at 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit www.pparx.org.
AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research.