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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Partners With NeedyMeds.com to Increase Drug Access

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 General News J E 4
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SWARTZ CREEK, Mich., Aug. 18 Diplomat Specialty Pharmacyannounced today that they have entered into a corporate agreement withNeedyMeds.com, an online data base listings of available financial assistanceprograms for patients requiring support with drug access.

"The mission of Diplomat's dedicated funding department is to uncoverfunds that are available nationally to offset high co-payments especially whenpatients fall into their Medicare Part D Donut Hole," stated Mark Neville,Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Diplomat. "Diplomat's current patientcentric approach is synergistic to NeedyMeds.com and their ability to triagepatients and healthcare professionals to drug specific resources. Oncepatients are approved for co-payment funds, Diplomat will dispense andcoordinate shipment of the needed medication to the patients for no additionalcharge."

"We are excited in partnering with Diplomat to help more patients gainaccess to their required drugs," stated Rich Sagall, MD, President ofNeedyMeds.com . "Diplomat will work with specific Manufacturer drug programsand outside co-payment assistance programs to improve over all drug access."

About Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is a privately held health care organizationfocusing on complete medication management programs for patients with seriousand chronic conditions. Key programs include: Oncology, HIV/AIDS, HepatitisC, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's and Psoriasis. Otherspecialty areas include Transplant, Fertility, Dialysis Medication Management,Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Specialty Compounding. Thecompany also specializes in Disease Management programs for Chronic KidneyDisease patients, as well as Home and Out-Patient Infusion. With locations inFlint and Grand Rapids, MI; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; and Ft. Lauderdale,Florida; Diplomat services the specialty pharmacy needs of patients andphysicians nationwide.

About NeedyMeds

NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people whocannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds isavailable anonymously and free of charge. Databases such as Disease-BasedAssistance, and other types of assistance programs are now on the website.NeedyMeds has developed software, PAPRxTracker, to help small to mediumoffices manage their PAP patients. PAN, Patient Advocate News, is a quarterlynewsletter available at no cost for advocates. NeedyMeds does outreachthrough the Volunteer Project, the mailing of thousands of brochures on how tofind assistance and affiliations with other non-profits.For more information: Contact: Leigh Waller, Oncology Navigator Dept. Phone: 810-720-4486 Fax: 810-230-5516 Email: lwaller@diplomatpharmacy.com

SOURCE Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
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