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‘Help Is Here Express’ Bus Traveling Through Eastern and Central Oregon

'Help Is Here Express' Bus Traveling Through Eastern and Central Oregon To Help Patients in Need Obtain Prescription Medicines
Oregon. (March 26, 2007) -The "Help is Here Express" bus will be making its way through Eastern and Central Oregon Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, to help uninsured Americans find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. Since its launch in April 2005, the bus tour -- sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies -- has visited all 50 states and more than 1,000 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. The "Help is Here Express" is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national effort that has helped more than 3.5 million patients, including nearly 50,000 in Oregon. The "Help is Here Express" is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help low-income, uninsured or under-insured patients access more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the "Help is Here Express" moves on, patients in need can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site (www.PPARX.org) or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in more than 150 languages. "The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is changing thousands of lives everyday," said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. "No one's helped by a medicine that sits on the shelf and is out of reach financially. We will keep coming back to Oregon as long as there are people who need our help." On a national level, the PPA is represented by Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host Montel Williams, named PPA's national spokesman in January 2006. In addition, nationally recognized Telemundo talk show host and author Mayte Prida leads the PPA's Hispanic outreach effort. More than 1,300 national, state and local partners, including the Oregon Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association - Oregon Chapter, are working with America's pharmaceutical companies to spread the word about the program. Trained specialists work with doctors, pharmacists, health care providers and community groups, educating them on the process and use of the PPA's easy-access Web site and toll-free number. More than 2,500 different brand-name and generic prescription medicines are available through participating patient assistance programs. In addition, the PPA provides information on nearly 10,000 free health care clinics and has connected more than 100,000 patients with clinics and health care providers in their communities. "We're excited that the 'Help is Here Express' will be in Oregon," said Janet Lamb, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation - Pacific Northwest Chapter - Oregon Branch . "Now even more people will see how easy it is to get help by calling PPA's toll-free number, using the Web site, or by visiting the bus. And that translates to more people getting the help they need." To find out if there are patient assistance programs that may meet their needs, patients should call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) to speak with a trained specialist or visit www.pparx.org. Monday, March 26, 2007 St. Anthony Hospital, 1-2 p.m. 1601 SE Court Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801 *In the parking lot Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Max Square, 10-11 a.m. Corner of 4th and Adams La Grande, OR 97850 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 St. Charles Medical Center, 10-11 a.m 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701 *In the parking lot on the main street to the hospital Thursday, March 29, 2007 City Care Clinic, 10-11 a.m. 818 SW Forest Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756 *In the parking lot - on 8th between Forest and Glacier. Friday, March 30, 2007 Pioneer Memorial Hospital, 10-11 p.m. 1201 NE Elm Street, Prineville, OR 97754 *In the parking lot near the new entrance and the helipad In Oregon, 36 social service organizations, health care providers, and patient health groups have partnered with America's pharmaceutical research companies to implement an innovative program for providing Oregonians with access to programs that can help them obtain prescription medicines. Among the statewide organizations assisting the effort are: African-American Health Coalition; Alzheimer's Association - Oregon Chapter; American Cancer Society - Oregon Chapter; American Diabetes Association - Oregon Area; Arthritis Foundation - Oregon; Cancer Care Resources; Cascade AIDS Project; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Oregon Chapter; Department of Human Services - Governor's Advocacy Office; Easter Seals Oregon; Epilepsy Foundation Northwest; Family Care, Inc.; Hepatitis C Awareness Project; HIV Alliance; Lane County Medical Society; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Oregon and SW Washington Chapter; Marion-Polk County Medical Society; Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties; Mental Health Association of Portland; Mid- Valley Independent Practitioners Association; National Alliance on Mental Illness in Oregon; National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Oregon Chapter; Northwest Cancer Specialists; Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems; Oregon Health Care Association; Oregon Health Care Foundation for Quality Long Term Care; Oregon Medical Association; Oregon State Pharmacy Association; Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon; Pathwise Inc.; Patient Advocates for Medicine; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; United Way of Jackson County; United Way of Lane County; Volunteers in Medicine Clinic - Eugene; and Wellpartner Pharmacy.

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