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Wednesday, January 21, 2015  
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Patient Assistance Programs: Helping People Access their Prescription Medicines

Many people need help getting access to the medicines prescribed by their doctors. The need is especially acute for those who are in the small business community – where one in four small business owners are uninsured. The smallest of businesses, those with fewer than 10 employees, were the least likely to have company-wide health insurance options. And more than half of small businesses had annual deductibles of more than $1,000.    Given these challenges, small business owners and their employees should be aware of help that is available for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Enter patient prescription assistance programs that are run by many pharmaceutical companies to help patients get access to their prescription medicines.  Pfizer, for example, a longtime partner of XXX ORG XXX, runs a program called Pfizer RxPathways® that provides eligible uninsured and underinsured people with Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings.  In 2013 alone, Pfizer helped over 800,000 patients receive 6 million Pfizer prescriptions – over 98% for free.

To learn more about the Pfizer program, log onto their program’s website at  If you don’t know who makes your medicine or to find out about help available with medicines not made by Pfizer, visit NeedyMeds, a non-profit information resource that identifies programs to help patients afford their medications and other healthcare costs. You can also contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) at  The PPA is a service sponsored by the trade organization PhRMA that provides a single point of access to over 475 public and private patient assistance programs – including Pfizer RxPathways.

Prescription assistance programs are just some examples of the help that is available to patients in need.  It is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider or your local community based organizations about resources they are aware of to help you get access to the healthcare you need.

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay for the prescription medicines, there are resources that can help:  Website for Pfizer’s Patient Assistance Program including a section for healthcare advocates. Website for NeedyMeds, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.  Website for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a one-stop resource for information, PPARX has resources on PAPs, co-pay foundations and other prescription savings options.

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