Pharmaceutical Access Medication Assistance Program

image005Through the participation of many pharmaceutical companies, more than 1,788 applications were submitted on the behalf of patients in 2012. Currently, there are 273 active patients enrolled on a regular basis in the program who receive monthly maintenance medications.

The primary purpose of the program is to provide essential medication services to uninsured and medically under served residents.  Medications are as critical to the patient’s care as the patient’s diagnosis.  Yet, prescriptions can be extremely costly to fill and maintain, thereby making effective treatment beyond the reach of many uninsured patients.

Too often, patients with limited incomes try to extend the supply of their prescription medications by taking half or quarter doses, essentially giving the patient subtherapeutic blood levels thereby rendering the treatment suboptimal or ineffective. By assisting patients through the laborious process of patient eligibility and application, clients can gain access to these services.

The approximate monetary value of this program is in excess of $1,200,000.00 in 2012.  A full time technician exists for the highly visible Pharmacy Connect Program. This program exists in conjunction with the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Mountain Empire Older Citizens Agency to broaden the service base to assist not only our clients but others in the community that requires assistance with medications.

The Health Wagon has also partnered with the Appalachian College of Pharmacy to provide lipid, smoking cessation, coumadin and other clinics for patients. Dr. Donna Adkins and Dr. A. Shamley, pharmacists oversees the routine clinics.

1,788 pharmaceutical applications were submitted.

Another estimated $1 million dollars was provided through medication samples alone.

Lack of access to prescription medications is a problem that is seen daily- patients who have life threatening conditions are going without needed medications due to inability to purchase them.