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Re: [IP] Fw: drug news



> Jenny,

Thanks for the great link.  I know I will be putting it to great use.
Santana

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> Rx DRUG COSTS: Many Unaware of Free Drug Programs
>
> The "best kept secret" of the
> <http://db.cloakroom.com/chl/chldb.cgi/CA_health/CHL/?key=fr
> ee+and+drug+and+program&amon=10&amday=31&ayr=1999&bmon=7&bmday=28
> &byr=2000&go=Search> pharmaceutical industry, the Wall Street Journal
> reports, is that "drug companies ... give away millions of dollars worth of
> drugs each year." According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
> of America, U.S. drug companies gave away 2.8 million prescriptions worth
> about $500 million in 1998. Patients who qualify for free drugs generally
> are those who have too high of incomes to qualify for government assistance.
> Bristol-Myers Squibb allows qualified individuals to receive free drugs for
> six months, with no limit on how often patients can reapply. Patients in
> Glaxo-Wellcome's program can receive approval by phone and then go to a
> pharmacy to fill a 30-day prescription for a $5-$10 co-payment. After an
> application form is mailed, the patient receives another 60-day supply.
> Glaxo said it gave away $28 million in free drugs last year, filling more
> than 14,000 free prescriptions each month. Through its Lilly Cares program,
> Eli Lilly distributed $113 million of free drugs last year, but spokesperson
> Joan Todd "would disclose very little about the program." Other private
> organizations help people apply for programs. Patients in the
> <http://www.themedicineprogram.com> Medicine Program pay $5 per
> prescription, generally receiving a three-month supply. Cindy Hogg, the
> program's administrator said that people taking "maintenance drugs" like
> blood-pressure medicines generally have incomes of $30,000 or less, while
> those with catastrophic illnesses such as AIDS may have incomes of $50,000
> or more and still qualify. Unfortunately, most patients and doctors are
> unaware of such programs, mostly because they "aren't widely publicized and
> often require both patients and doctors to file extensive paperwork." Hogg
> said, "In my opinion [drug companies] want to keep it a secret. They do it
> so they can tell Congress, 'We give away medicine for free,' but then they
> don't tell anybody about it and make it hard for people to apply"
> (Parker-Pope, 7/28).
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