WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer provided more than $46M for more than 12,000 prostate cancer patients in 2014 through its co-pay assistance and education program in partnership with The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation.
"There are more than two million prostate cancer patients in the U.S. today and too many of them are cut off from affording treatments they desperately need to fight the disease," said Jamie Bearse, CEO of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. "Our partnership with the PAN Foundation helps to stop the pain and suffering due to prostate cancer by providing education and support to thousands of patients with advanced disease."
The organizations joined forces in 2013 to provide comprehensive support for patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). The partnership leveraged the PAN Foundation's existing financial assistance program coupled with ZERO's best in class educational resources for patients and caregivers. In 2015, the co-pay fund has been expanded to cover non-metastatic advanced prostate cancer, casting a wider net to help many more men and families.
"Especially with the growth of high-deductible, high-copay health insurance plans, prostate cancer patients are facing greater challenges than ever affording their prescribed medications. Working together, the PAN Foundation and ZERO offer essential financial assistance and support services to these patients," said Daniel Klein, President and CEO of the PAN Foundation.
To apply for co-pay assistance or learn more about prostate cancer, visit www.zerocancer.org/learn/patient-co-pay.
About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. As a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families. ZERO's premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, the largest men's health event series in America. ZERO is a 501c3 charity recognized with four stars by Charity Navigator, a Better Business Bureau member, and 98 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.
About Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through nearly 60 disease-specific programs that give them access to the treatments they need. Since its founding in 2004, PAN has provided close to 380,000 underinsured patients with over $880 million dollars in much needed financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. Many of these patients would have few alternatives without the help of PAN. With each donation, $0.95 of every dollar received will go directly towards helping our patients. For more information about PAN Foundation, please visit www.panfoundation.org.
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