WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program sponsored by America's biopharmaceutical research companies to connect uninsured or underinsured Americans to programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Since the program's launch in April 2005, PPA has connected nearly 9.5 million Americans to public and private assistance programs.
Despite more Americans having insurance, barriers to accessing needed medicines still exist, underscoring the importance of PPA's platform to educate and empower patients and caregivers to obtain information about their prescription assistance options.
"For 10 years, PPA and our member companies have been at the forefront assisting patients who need help accessing their medicines," said John J. Castellani, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). "We will continue to work diligently to ensure patients and caregivers across the country know that help is available through assistance programs and PPA."
In the last decade, as part of the assistance provided through PPA and individual company patient assistance programs, PhRMA member companies have helped more than 36 million uninsured or underinsured Americans gain access to medicines.
Last month, a redesigned PPA website was launched with new features and functionality to provide patients and caregivers with faster, easier access to information on more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs. The website also includes information on more than 100,000 free health care clinics throughout the United States.
PPA also has a robust presence on Facebook and Twitter to provide patients and caregivers with real-time information on the program and other consumer health initiatives.
About PPA The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free from patient assistance programs. Our mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. We offer a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including more than 200 offered by biopharmaceutical companies. We have already helped millions of Americans. Since 2005, PPA has connected nearly 9.5 million Americans who are uninsured or lack adequate health care coverage to programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
About PhRMA The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $550 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $51.1 billion in 2013 alone.