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'Leave It To Beaver' Star Visits Kannapolis to Promote Prescription Assistance

Saturday, October 31, 2009 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Salisbury Post reported that sitcom star Jerry Mathers visited Kannapolis to promote prescription drug assistance for poor and uninsured patients.

Mathers, 61, played Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver on the hit 1950s TV show "Leave It To Beaver." After retirement, his life continued to be "typically American." Mathers developed type 2 diabetes after gaining sixty 60 pounds.

"My doctor told me I would be dead in three to five years unless I treated my diabetes," said Mathers.

He appeared in Kannapolis on behalf of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies. The program helps enroll poor and uninsured patients in existing prescription assistance programs, so they can get the medications they need. PPA doesn't provide medications, but acts as a clearinghouse for 475 patient assistance programs that offer inexpensive or free medicines.  

"I have health insurance," Mathers said. "But I know how expensive a chronic disease can be for people without it."

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance "Help is Here Express" bus spent three hours at the Cabarrus Health Alliance last Wednesday. Mathers signed about 150 autographs.

Cabarrus Health Alliance employee Ashley Goodman was thrilled to meet Mathers.

"I love your show," Goodman said. "I think it's great that they have a celebrity to draw people. It's exciting."

Read the full article on the Salisbury Post website. For more information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, visit www.pparx.org

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

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