Navigation Links
The Lupus Foundation of America Applauds New Legislation that Caps Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
Date:8/7/2009

Provides Protection for People with Lupus and other Chronic Diseases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra C. Raymond, issued the following statement regarding S.1630 "The Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act of 2009" introduced on Thursday, August 6, 2009 by Senator John (Jay) D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

"We support and applaud Senator Rockefeller for this important bill which will provide all Americans with vastly improved access to life-saving medications. The proposed legislation imposes a $200 cap on the amount a person could be charged for any one prescription, and a $500 cap on the total amount an individual could be charged for all medications during any given month. This is critical to controlling costs for people with lupus, as a past survey has shown that more than 60 percent of patients take five or more medications.

"It has been 50 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a medication for lupus. There are several potential new treatments in the near-term pipeline that may provide a better quality of life for people with lupus. But these anticipated new treatments will mean nothing if people with lupus are not able to access them because they are cost-prohibitive. For example, some people with multiple sclerosis, another autoimmune disorder, may pay out-of-pocket in excess of $800 a month for access to new medications.

"Studies have also shown that patients will avoid filling prescriptions, skip doses, or cut pills in half because of costs. Stopping medication can lead to greater disease severity, and for people with lupus, could result in organ failure. In addition, for people with chronic conditions it can often result in hospitalization leading to greater overall health care costs for both patients and society. For patients with serious or life-threatening conditions or for an individual with multiple co-morbid conditions, this legislation will provide greater access and affordability for prescribed treatments.

"We encourage everyone to join us in supporting this important piece of legislation by contacting their Senators and asking them to sign on as a co-sponsor to the legislation. At the Lupus Foundation of America we will do our part to ensure support for this important legislation and watch with great interest as it moves through the United States Congress."

Read Official Press Release from the Office of Senator John D. Rockefeller

About Lupus

Lupus is an acute and chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system is unbalanced, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ in the body. Its health effects include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, miscarriages, and organ failure. Ninety percent of the people with lupus are women, and it is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians. Lupus is unpredictable and potentially fatal, yet no satisfactory treatment or cure exists.

About the LFA

The LFA is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. Founded in 1977, the LFA has a nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters and support groups and operates programs of research, education, and advocacy.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Flu Shot May Be Less Effective in Those With Lupus
2. Immune responses to flu vaccine are diminished in lupus patients
3. LFAGW to Offer First Living with Lupus Baltimore Workshop on August 15
4. Reminder - Human Genome Sciences to Host Conference Call to Discuss Top-Line Phase 3 Results for BENLYSTA(TM) (Formerly LymphoStat-B(R)) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
5. LFAGW to Run Could I Have Lupus? Workshop on July 26; Mystics Game Follows
6. Basic Facts and Statistics About Lupus
7. The New York Times Website Patient Voices Series Features People Affected by Lupus
8. Lupus Foundation of America Accepting Letters of Intent for Research Grants on Adult Stem Cell Research and Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Lupus
9. Lupus Foundation of America Seeks Proposals for Research Studies on Childhood Lupus and Stem Cell Transplantation
10. Anxiety and depression lower quality of life in majority of systemic lupus erythematosus patients
11. Novel DNA vaccine leads to kidney damage prevention in systemic lupus erythematosus models
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Rock, AR (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... firm with locations throughout Arkansas that offers insurance and financial preparation services, is ... benefit the Rock City Rescue organization. , Rock City Rescue is a locally ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The ... to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the ... – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which ... evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , ... and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term Care ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run ... This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed ... geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to ... to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, SMP ... number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing ... yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said of ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a ... design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch of ... development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has ... exclusive access to enabling technologies to the new ... will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its ... helping those with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia ... in Essex, England commented, "I ... experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every ... recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: