Abbott (ticker: ABT, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Abbott Joins National Program to Help Millions of Uninsured Americans Get the Prescription Medicines They Need
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Unites America's Pharmaceutical
Companies, Doctors, Patient Advocates and Community Groups;
Substantial National Advertising and Awareness Program in All 50 States;
Patients Can Call Toll-Free at 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or Visit
ABBOTT PARK, Ill., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott today
announced its participation in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance,
the largest-ever private-sector program to help patients who lack prescription
drug coverage get access to the medicines they need, joining a national
coalition of pharmaceutical companies, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other
health care providers, patient advocates and community leaders.
"Abbott has always been committed to helping patients gain access to the
medicines they need, both through our own company-sponsored patient assistance
programs and through programs provided in partnership with other
pharmaceutical companies," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive
officer, Abbott, and immediate past chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). "Now the Partnership for Prescription
Assistance brings together industry and the health care and patient advocacy
communities to give patients unprecedented access to our medications."
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of
access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs,
including more then 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
Patients will also receive information on government programs for which they
may qualify, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health
Insurance Programs. As the only resource that brings together nearly all
existing patient assistance programs, the Partnership for Prescription
Assistance provides a central navigation system that helps patients get access
to needed medicines.
"During the past year, Abbott, PhRMA member companies and our partners
across the spectrum of health care have been working hard to address the issue
of access to medications," said White. "For example, Rx for Illinois, one of
the pilot access programs, was highly successful. Nearly half-a-million
people inquired about the program and more than 50 percent qualified for
discounted or free medicines. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
will give us an opportunity to assist millions of patients in Illinois and
across the country."
Over the next few months, Rx for Illinois as well as other pilot programs
will be folded into the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Right now,
patients can contact either the Partnership for Prescription Assistance or Rx
for Illinois by phone (1-877-793-6745) or by visiting
To find out if they may qualify for one or more programs, patients can
visit the user-friendly Web site or call toll-free to speak with a trained
specialist who can provide application assistance in English, Spanish and
approximately 150 other languages.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is launching a substantial
awareness-raising initiative aimed at encouraging as many eligible patients as
possible to apply for public and private patient assistance programs.
Advertising starts today on network and cable television and in national
newspapers. The ads encourage people who don't have prescription drug
coverage and need help paying for their medicines to call toll-free at 1-888-
4PPA-NOW or visit http://www.pparx.org to find out if they may be eligible for
assistance. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is also working with
local community leaders in all 50 states to encourage patients to enroll.
More than 50 national organizations including the American Academy of
Family Physicians, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College
of Emergency Physicians, the NAACP, National Alliance for Hispanic Health,
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Association of Chain Drug
Stores, National Medical Association, National Urban League, and United Way of
America, as well as hundreds of state and local organizations, are working
with America's pharmaceutical companies to spread the word about the program.
Patients who need help paying for their prescription medicines should call
toll-free at 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit http://www.pparx.org .
Abbott's Commitment to Access
Abbott is committed to improving access for patients -- access to critical
medications, testing and quality health care. Abbott's initiatives span the
globe, from patient assistance programs in the United States, to large-scale
donations of HIV tests to help stop the spread of HIV, to partnerships
designed to improve health care infrastructure in developing nations. In
2004, nearly 360,000 people received free or discounted drugs through Abbott's
own patient assistance programs in the United States, valued at nearly $242
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the
discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and
medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. Abbott
employs more than 60,000 people and markets its products in more than 130
Abbott's news release and other information are available on the company's
Web site at http://www.abbott.com .
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