New database launched to help patients get free medicine
Washington, D.C.A new online database will help patients without prescription drug coverage access user-friendly information about more than 1,400 medicines offered free through patient assistance programs sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry and others, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) recently announced. People who need help in obtaining medicines can log on to www.helpingpatients.org, fill out an online form and receive a list of programs for which they may qualify.
The pharmaceutical industry has a long practice of providing prescription medicines free of charge to patients who might not be able to afford them, said PhRMA President Alan F. Holmer. In 2002 alone, our companies have helped more than 5 million patients get the medicines they need. We are also committed to a long-term solution to ensure seniors and the disabled have access to the medicines they need. Thats why we strongly support meaningful prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Medicare beneficiaries without drug coverage fill fewer prescriptions which not only hurt patients, but ends up costing the health care system more in the long run, Holmer added.
Seniors need and deserve high-quality prescription drug coverage, Holmer said. To fill the need until Congress enacts this coverageand to take care of the millions of younger people who lack prescription drug insurancethe pharmaceutical industry is putting out the welcome mat for its long-standing patient assistance programs. Helpingpatients.org streamlines the process of finding out about and applying for this assistance. We believe the new Web site will enable more patients to take advantage of these programs.
PhRMA represents the countrys leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The industry invested an estimated $32 billion in 2002 in discovering and developing new medicines. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA Internet address: http://www.phrma.org.