Four Million Americans Find Help Through Partnership for Prescription
More Than 230,000 Helped in California
In just over two years, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance
(PPA) has connected four million individuals nationwide who are
uninsured or lack adequate health care coverage to programs that
provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. In California,
more than 230,000 patients have been helped. The PPA -- sponsored
by America's pharmaceutical research companies -- is the largest
private-sector patient assistance effort helping low-income, uninsured
and underinsured people obtain their medicines through more than
475 public and private patient assistance programs, including
180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. More than 2,500
brand-name and generic prescription medicines are available through
the participating programs.
Cora Simpson, of Lexington, Kentucky, became the four millionth
person helped by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
The milestone was marked by a visit to Lexington by the program's
national spokesman, TV talk show host Montel Williams. Simpson,
a paraplegic as a result of a gunshot wound she suffered years
ago, said she learned about the program while watching television.
Simpson takes four medicines a day, and found nearly 10 programs
through the PPA that could potentially help.
"The PPA is continuing to make tremendous inroads by assisting
struggling Americans who need it most," said Billy Tauzin,
President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
of America (PhRMA). "We have worked tirelessly to make sure
patients across the country are aware of the help available through
the PPA, and we will continue to do so. In the coming months,
the PPA buses will be making stops in hundreds of cities reaching
out to even more people, who are either unaware of the program
or need help in enrolling."
Williams, an Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host, says people
all across the country have told him that they're benefiting from
the program. So far, the buses have traveled 150,000 miles to
more than 1,500 cities in all 50 states.
"Throughout my career I've tried to help people in need,
and being involved in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance
has given me a great opportunity to do just that," said Williams.
"As a patient with multiple sclerosis, I know there are millions
of Americans who don't have access to the prescription medicines
they need to live healthy lives. Fortunately, the PPA provides
a helping hand to those people."
Patients who need help should call the PPA's toll-free phone
number (1-888-477-2669), where trained operators field calls in
more than 150 languages, or visit
the easy-to-use Web site.
In addition, the PPA provides information on nearly 10,000 free
health care clinics and has connected more than 163,340 patients
with clinics and health care providers in their communities.
More than 1,300 national and local organizations, including the
American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society,
Easter Seals, National Urban League and the National Association
of Chain Drug Stores, are working with America's pharmaceutical
research companies to help spread the word about the PPA.
The PPA "Help Is Here Express" bus will be
touring California in September. To find out more about
locations and dates, visit our calendar