Bus visit to offer drug help for elderly

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Specialists trained to help uninsured or underinsured Americansfind programs for cheaper prescriptions will be available Fridayfrom 10 to 11 a.m. at the Brookhaven Family Medicine Clinic onHighway 51.

The “Help is Here Express” bus tour is part of the Partnershipfor Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national effort sponsored bythe nation’s pharmaceutical research companies and healthcareproviders.

The bus is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly helplow-income, uninsured or underinsured patients access more than 475patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programsoffered by pharmaceutical companies.

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“The purpose is to help patients get needed medications thatthey’re having trouble paying for,” said Julie Ross, a nursepractitioner at Brookhaven Family Medicine Clinic.

The help bus is designed to help patients find programs that canprovide the medications they need at a reduced cost. Certainprograms can even provide free medications for those who qualify,she said.

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