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Partnership for Prescription Assistance Celebrates Three Year Anniversary; Helps Nearly 5 Million Uninsured Patients Across United States
Date:4/7/2008

disease, more than 133 million Americans have at least one chronic disease. The Milken Institute, along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (http://www.fightchronicdisease.org), notes there are more than 19.1 million cases of heart disease, more than 13.7 million cases of diabetes, and more than 10.5 million cases of cancer in the U.S.

Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States, in addition to causing a myriad of other health problems. According to the PFCD, these chronic diseases shorten lives, reduce quality of life, and create considerable burdens on caregivers, making it imperative that those who suffer have access to the medicines they need.

"It's time for us to change how we fight this epidemic," said Dr. Paul Antony, Chief Medical Officer of PhRMA. "Chronic disease is a major portion of health care costs, and its rates are rising. We want to do our part to help uninsured and financially-struggling Americans with chronic disease get access to information on programs that offer free or nearly free prescription medicines."

The good news is, new medicines are in development to fight chronic disease. America's pharmaceutical research companies are currently working on 277 life-saving and life-improving medicines for heart disease and stroke, 646 medicines to treat several types of cancer and 95 medicines for diabetes. These innovative medications and treatments, along with improved access to prescription assistance program information through the PPA, may help to reduce the number of deaths caused by chronic disease every year, according to PFCD.

The PPA is represented by Emmy-winning syndicated television talk show host Montel Williams, named PPA's national spokesman in January 2006. In addition, nationally recognized Telemundo talk show host and author Mayte Prida leads the PPA's Hispanic outreach effort.


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