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Councilwoman Schipske Reminds Residents Who Need Help Paying for Prescription Meds

Contact : Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske    562-570-6932

Do you, or does someone you know, need help getting prescription drugs? Then go online to a website put together by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske which links residents to programs that provide prescription drugs for those who can't afford them. http://www.rxforlongbeach.com/

"RxforLongBeach.com is a public service I put together to improve health care access for the residents of Long Beach," explains the 5th District representative who is also a Registered Nurse Practitioner. "In these tough economic times, many people are not able to afford the prescription medications they need and this website links them with the hundreds of 'patient assistance’ programs offered by the pharmaceutical industry to provide free and low cost medications."

Schipske modeled her website after RxforOhio.org. "I approached HelpingPatients.org, RXAssist.org and RxHope.com and asked if they would help in this effort for Long Beach.

Thanks to HelpingPatients.org, RxAssist.org and RxHope.com users can now search over 1,000 medications in over 300 government, industry and privately-sponsored programs from one central point."

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske wants every Long Beach physician, nurse and social worker to know about RxforLongBeach.com and to use this resource to help their patients.

"Patients can use these programs directly but they need their health care provider to sign the forms, " Schipske notes.

"Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) are the pharmaceutical industry’s best-kept secret," says Schipske. "Many PAPs have been organized in the past ten years. However, two date back to the 1950s, one was formed in the 60’s, two were formed in the 70’s, and two started in the 80’s."

Generally, a patient assistance program provides prescription medicines to patients who do not have prescription drug coverage or who are underinsured through either private and/or government health plans. Each individual pharmaceutical company Patient Assistance Program has its own eligibility criteria and application process.

Schipske would eventually like to see a group of volunteers formed to assist physicians and patients complete the paperwork to apply for assistance and to be able to answer questions regarding how these programs work. "That way we could make sure every resident of Long Beach who needs prescription medication could get it."