Today, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is celebrating 12 years of helping connect patients who struggle with affordable access to the medicines they need. Because PPA serves as a clearinghouse for more than 475 patient assistance programs (including nearly 200 offered by biopharmaceutical companies), it has served and will continue to to do as a necessary bridge for those who need a helping hand.
After more than a decade of evolution in the health care system, PPA is more important than ever. Patient assistance programs serve both uninsured people and people whose insurance coverage doesn’t cover their medicines. When patients fall through the cracks, PPA is there to help.
Earlier this year, the program reached an important milestone by helping more than 10 million patients since 2005. And the program continues to grow, with patient programs being updated frequently, offering access to more than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines.
The patient assistance programs sponsored by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are one option to help patients maintain access to needed medicines. PhRMA member companies invest heavily in the discovery of innovative medicines to continue helping patients live longer, healthier lives. But what is a medicine unless a patient can access it or continue their treatment?
In order to provide patients with as many resources as possible, the PPA website has information patients can access for free. Today, more than 75,000 people a month visit the easy-to-use site to find patient assistance programs and additional resources as well as explore a database of nearly 10,000 free or low-cost health care clinics across the country.
Amidst a changing access landscape, PPA and the programs to which it connects patients is becoming an increasingly important platform by which to educate and empower patients and caregivers to obtain information about their prescription assistance options. The first 12 years were just the start, and we hope to help millions more in the years to come.
Hannah Mooney Hannah is a Senior Manager of Public Affairs at PhRMA developing paid media programs and campaigns as well as assisting other PhRMA team members to cultivate a values-driven messaging platform on the value of the industry and the medicines our companies bring to the health care system. In a former life, she worked in grassroots advocacy and voter contact, supporting Members of Congress, their campaigns, and public affairs organizations with their legislative initiatives in addition to having worked in the U.S. Senate in communications. Hannah enjoys being outdoors and exploring all the city has to offer, teaching cycling classes, and finding new restaurants with good food and better patios in the District.