The "Help is Here Express" bust tour will be at Alliance Medical Ministry on Thursday September 17th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, along with American TV icon and former "Leave it to Beaver" star Jerry Mathers, to help uninsured and financially- struggling Wake County residents access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
The Bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) - a nationwide effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies - raising awareness of patient assistance programs and the need to effectively address the rising and alarming rates of chronic disease in the United States. Patients can also learn about new medicines in devlopment to fight chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.
Jerry Mathers, who suffers from diabetes and is traveling with the PPA bus to raise awareness of this devestating chronic disease, is an American icon, best known for his portrayal of "Beaver" in "Leave it to Beaver".
To date, the PPA has helped nearly 6 million people across America, including more than 231,000 patients in North Carolina. Since it's launch in 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 2,000 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. The "Help is Here Express" is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help uninsured patients in need access information on more than 475 programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
Patients can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site at www.pparx.org or call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW where trained operators field calls in 150 languages.