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OncologyRx Care Advantage(TM) Specialty Pharmacy Passes $15 Million Milestone in Patient Financial Assistance
Date:7/9/2009

tice staff so that they can spend more time caring for the patient. The professionals at Care Advantage are savvy in matching the needs of the patient to the appropriate funding opportunities. Care Advantage pharmacy services are available to all community-based oncology practices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Nearly two-thirds of the $15 million supplied to cancer patients through OncologyRx Care Advantage came from the Chronic Disease Fund, which raises funds with the sole intent of assisting people with chronic diseases so that they can afford to remain on their recommended treatment schedules.

"It makes us proud to know we have made a difference in the lives of those patients who need us," says Mike Banigan, founder and president of Chronic Disease Fund. "Partnering with a resource like OncologyRx Care Advantage not only allows us to help patients get the medications they so desperately need, but also the focused patient care they deserve."

Duane Reeder, a 75 year old cancer patient from Tucson, Ariz., was 60 years old when he was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in March of 1994. In 2003, doctors at Arizona Oncology, a community-based oncology practice affiliated with US Oncology, found that his renal cell carcinoma had metastasized to his lungs; by 2006, he was in the advanced stages of his disease.

Reeder's physicians began treating him with Nexavar, an oral multiple kinase inhibitor that has been shown to significantly slow the spread of advanced kidney cancer in a majority of patients. By filling his prescription through OncologyRx Care Advantage, Reeder was eligible to receive support from CARxES(SM), the Chemotherapy Adherence & Prescription Education Su
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