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Help for California Fire Evacuees Possible Through Partnership for Prescription Assistance

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO Billy Tauzin issued the following statement regarding the California wildfires:

"Californians who have been affected by the recent wildfires -- and who are uninsured or underinsured -- should know that help getting the medicines they need may be available through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. The PPA, sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies, is dedicated to helping Americans who lack adequate health care coverage. Now, as residents of southern California face the destruction being caused by these wildfires, the PPA is offering to help qualified patients get assistance even faster.

"Struggling Californians who are having trouble getting the medicines they need may find expedited help through PPA's disaster relief program by calling the PPA's toll-free number, 1-888-4-PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), or user-friendly Web site, available at

"Since April 2005, the PPA has helped more than 4.3 million uninsured or underinsured Americans -- including 250,000 in California -- find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. It helps patients in need obtain access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. The PPA can also help Californians find out about programs offered by the state, such as Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Access for Infants and Mothers.

"In addition, the PPA provides information on nearly 10,000 free healthcare clinics and has connected more than 163,340 patients with clinics and healthcare providers in their communities.

"Through the PPA, America's pharmaceutical research companies are continuing to make tremendous inroads by assisting struggling Americans who need it most, and this is especially true during California's time of need."

More than 1,300 national and local organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, National Urban League and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, are working with America's pharmaceutical research companies to help spread the word about the PPA.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $43 billion in 2006 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $55.2 billion in 2006.

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