Novartis Makes Accessing Prescription Assistance and Disease Management Programs Simpler and Easier for Patients

Thursday, July 31, 2008 General News
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EAST HANOVER, N.J., July 30 Novartis PharmaceuticalsCorporation today announced the launch of Patient Assistance Now -- a new,comprehensive resource that integrates both Novartis andnon-Novartis programs that may help uninsured Americans afford their Novartismedicines and find information to take care of their health. Now patients canaccess an easy-to-use Web site that provides specific information aboutprograms and services available. Patients and caregivers can or call toll-free 1-800-245-5356 to find programsthat may be right for them.

Novartis is offering solutions for improved access to affordable medicinesfor the more than 47 million Americans who have no prescription drugcoverage(1). While many assistance programs and resources are available tobenefit the uninsured, patients are often unable to find these programs, orare confused when determining which programs best fit their individual needs.

"We at Novartis are proud to offer Patient Assistance Now to make iteasier for patients to find options that help them access important programsto learn more about their health conditions and available treatments. Foryears, Novartis patient assistance programs have been providing free medicinesto millions of uninsured patients," said Kevin Rigby, Vice President of PublicAffairs at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. "By integrating our programsand resources, Novartis continues to seek to have a meaningful impact onpatients' lives."

Patient Assistance Now provides patients with access to all of theinformation and tools offered by Novartis to assist patients with managingtheir health, including:

-- Novartis Access to Medicines Programs, some of which provide freeNovartis medicines to qualified patients who experience financial hardshipsand who have no prescription drug coverage.

-- Novartis Disease Management and Education, offering resources onspecific diseases, conditions and medicines in areas such as ADHD, asthma,cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, eye health, hypertension, infectiousdiseases, Parkinson's Disease and senior health. Please for a complete list.

-- Novartis Clinical Trials, including information to help patients makeeducated decisions about participating in a clinical trial and understandingthe clinical trial process.

-- Novartis Medicines, including links to information on Novartisprescription medications.

"Too many Americans feel frustrated and worried about their ability to getthe medicines they need to manage their health. Many important prescriptiondrug programs and educational resources offer assistance, yet unfortunately,few people know these exist or they have difficulty finding information," saidMyrl Weinberg, President of the National Health Council. "By putting all theinformation in one place, programs such as Patient Assistance Now providepatients with easier access to information, including prescription drugassistance programs and disease education. Such programs play a vital role inhelping patients get the care and resources they need."

Novartis is partnering with health organizations and working withhealthcare providers and elected officials to spread further awareness aboutPatient Assistance Now to those who need help accessing the prescriptionmedicines and health information they need.

"I applaud Novartis for taking action to address the need of all Americansto have access to quality healthcare," said Tommy G. Thompson, FormerSecretary, US Department of Health and Human Services. "Uninsured patientsare often sicker and have higher overall medical costs due to untreated orpoorly managed conditions. Today, Novartis takes us a step in the rightdirection by improving access to programs that can immediately help people whocan't afford the medicines they need."

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