Friday, May 13, 2005

Good news

Accessing Prescription Assistance Programs Just Got Easier
If you and your staff have spent countless hours trying to hook up low-income patients with the prescription medications they need but can't afford, you'll welcome a new resource.

A national coalition headed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America launched a nationwide initiative April 5 -- Partnership for Prescription Assistance -- that aims to ease patient, caregiver and physician access to the more than 275 public and private programs providing no-cost or low-cost prescription drugs to low-income patients.

How? By encouraging people to use a new toll-free call center. When callers punch in (888) 477-2669, trained operators take center stage, asking a set of basic questions to ascertain what programs might be available for patients in need.

Both English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available; translators can be provided for 17 languages. The phone line is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT.

If you'd rather gather information online, visit Partnership for Prescription Assistance.