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Novartis Makes Accessing Prescription Assistance and Disease Management Programs Simpler and Easier for Patients
Date:7/30/2008

ve higher overall medical costs due to untreated or poorly managed conditions. Today, Novartis takes us a step in the right direction by improving access to programs that can immediately help people who can't afford the medicines they need."

The Patient Assistance Now program builds on Novartis Group initiatives dedicated to ensuring that patients have access to quality healthcare:

-- In 2007, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation provided medicines with a value of more than USD 69 million free to nearly 109,000 Americans through the Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.

-- Last year, Novartis provided more than 66 million treatments of Coartem, a life-saving malaria medicine, without profit, for patients in Africa

-- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation works with over 50 free clinics and organizations in 13 states, and has provided medicines with a value of more than USD 5 million to 8,000 uninsured patients

-- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation participates in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a single point of access to more than 475 patient assistance programs that has matched more than five million patients to one or more patient assistance programs

-- Through a partnership with AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, Novartis Group companies provided short-dated products with a value of USD 104 million for international medical missions between 1997 and 2003

-- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is a founding member of Together Rx Access(TM), a prescription savings card that helps uninsured Americans better afford the prescription medicines they need

Patients and caregivers who need help accessing Novartis medicines and finding information to help manage their health can visit http://www.PatientAssistanceNow.com or call toll-free 1-800-245-5356.

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