Prescription Assistance Program Rolls Into Town

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Seniors and others who need help buying their medication may find it through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance program.

Sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, with approximately 1,300 local, state and national partners, the service is available by phone and online.

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Claudia Hardwick is one of the counselors Partnership for Prescription Assistance program provides with information to seniors, low-income, underinsured and uninsured residents about the various kinds of assistance that is available to help get prescription medications.

It is also being promoted across the country through the "Help is Here Express" bus tour, which came through Payson Friday on the way to Show Low from Globe.

The PPA brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups 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 program's mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through its Web site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

The program provides help to those who don't have prescription coverage or cannot afford their medications. More than 2,500 brand name and generic medicines are covered. An estimated 35,000 of those are Arizona residents, Silva said.

To make use of the program, an individual needs to know the names of the medicines they are taking, then go online at www.pparx.org or call (888) 477-2669. On the Web site, there are 10 questions to answer, or by phone, a trained specialist will help with the application to the program.

With the information provided, an individual will learn whether or not they are eligible for assistance.

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