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September 2006 News News page Archive
Partnership for Prescription Assistance “Help is Here Express”

On Thursday, September 14, 2006 Washington-Morgan Community Action offered residents of Washington County a chance to get free or reduced cost prescriptions.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a nationally recognized program made possible through a trade association of drug companies called PhRMA. They have traveled all over the country helping those in need get the medicine they can’t afford. On Thursday, September 14, 2006, PhRMA drove their “Help is Here Express,” a bus equipped with computers and phones to help residents get set up in the program, to Washington County.

“We’re trying to get the word out to as many people as possible about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance,” said Carrie McNamee, director of senior and community services at Community Action. “There are probably people who are having trouble paying for their drugs.”

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers 475 different programs that are designed to help people get the reduced or free drugs they need. This assistance is for anyone, including low income families and seniors who do not have drug coverage already or who are having trouble paying.

The assistance program has been offered nationwide since April 2005. PhRMA staff travel all over with their “express” pulling into local communities to help residents on the spot.

“I certainly think there’s a large number of people out there who are struggling to pay for their drugs,” McNamee said. “I think (the program) is important.”

Jennifer Page, communications director for PhRMA, said the assistance has helped 2.6 million people nationwide and 138,000 in Ohio in the last year and a half. This will be the company’s fifth visit to Ohio and their first in Washington County.

“We want to help people understand there is help out there,” Page said. “We know there are people having trouble paying for their medications,” Page said. “We’re raising awareness, making sure those patients get the help they need.”

For those who were unable to come to see the “Help is Here Express”, there are two ways to find out if they qualify for one of the 475 programs. One way is to call 1-888-4PPA- NOW (1-888-477-2669), where are trained specialist can answer questions or visit

Original Story written by Diane Decola, Marietta Times

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