WEST CHESTER (December 29) – State Senator Andy Dinniman unveiled a new, up-to-date guide to help under- and uninsured residents access the many prescription assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies..

“Prescription drugs can be expensive and not everyone receives assistance in paying for them or has health coverage that includes a prescription plan,” Dinniman said. “However, most drug manufacturers offer assistance programs that can go a long way in helping eligible patients make ends meet. I have developed this guide as a comprehensive listing of the many special programs that drug manufacturers have established to make their products available for free or at a reduced rate to those in need.”WEBGuide_Pharma_Assist_Prgrams_11_14_2_Page_01

Dinniman and his staff developed “A Guide to Pharmaceutical Prescription Assistance Programs,” a free, full-color publication that includes useful information about the special programs available from more than 100 prescription drug companies.

The programs are voluntarily developed by manufacturers, and each company determines its own eligibility criteria. Some programs simply require the physician to certify that patients cannot afford the drugs prescribed. Other programs, especially those for very expensive drugs, require patients to meet certain income or asset criteria. Private health insurance, third-party coverage, PACE, Medicaid or Medicare may disqualify patients from a prescription assistance program. In fact, many of these programs are designed for individuals who are not already receiving other assistance.

“All too often, under- and uninsured residents face the difficult decision between buying necessary prescription medication and paying for food or heat,” Dinniman said. “I hope that this guide helps them identify and access some of the many prescription assistance programs that pharmaceutical companies make available so they aren’t forced to make such a choice.”

The guides will be available at two free clinics in the area: Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester and The Clinic in Phoenixville. They are also available at Senator Dinniman’s District Office at One North Church Street in West Chester or online here.

 

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