National program offers free or low cost medications to qualified

The "Help Is Here Express" bus
The “Help Is Here Express” bus

"Help is Here Express" bus stopped at the Upper Rogue Independent last week to help spread the word about low cost or no cost prescriptions available for thousands and thousands of Oregonians.    
Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.
Many will get them free or nearly free.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance’s mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
It is quite easy to find out if you qualify for low or no cost prescriptions. First, know the name of the medicines you take. Then call the toll-free number, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) and a trained specialist will answer your questions and help you apply.
The nationwide  program was launched in April 2005. Since then they have helped nearly five million patients, including more than 68,000 Oregonians. There are some 475 assistance programs available, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.
For those wishing to access information and answer the 10 easy qualifying questions on their computer, go to

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