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May 04, 2005

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD


May 04, 2005 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

New Prescription Drug Program for Uninsured Launches National Bus Tour to Assist Patients Who Need Help Paying for Medicines 

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a new national program to help patients in need get access to prescription medicines, today launched the “Help Is Here Express” bus tour. The bus tour kicks off during the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Cover the Uninsured Week to inform millions of uninsured patients that they may qualify for assistance in paying for their prescription medicines.

Since the April 5 launch of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, the program has helped more than 180,000 people match up with patient assistance programs that meet their needs.

“We are thrilled that patients are responding so strongly to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance,” said Billy Tauzin, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). “But we know that millions more could be helped, and that’s why we are taking the message on the road with the ‘Help Is Here Express’ – a traveling enrollment center.”

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