Not taking your prescription medication can mean rolling the dice with your life: it’s stressful, it’s dangerous, and it’s almost always a choice made under great duress. Seven out of ten Americans currently take at least one prescription medication while four out of ten Americans have reported making financial sacrifices in order to afford the prescription medications they take. We think those two statistics constitute a healthcare crisis, one that our Pharmacy Bridge program works to improve.
Pharmacy Bridge offers Project Access NOW clients (and some non-client patients of clinics with whom we partner) access to medications a primary care physician has determined they need to be healthy. The clients our program serves can’t access their meds, either because they don’t qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act or because they don’t make enough money.
Through Pharmacy Bridge and the generous support of our partners at Providence Health Services, these folks can receive the meds they need at no- or very reduced-cost, usually just a $4 copay.
Formed almost simultaneous to the founding of Project Access NOW, Pharmacy Bridge is one of our longest-running programs, as well as one of our most used. In 2016 alone, it filled 11,942 prescriptions – that’s a lot of people who didn’t have to skip meals or lose their home to be able to afford the medicine they need to live.
“What would my family have done, my children, if I’d had another heart attack?” wondered Pharmacy Bridge client Maria when lack of health insurance forced her to consider not taking her blood-pressure medication. “Now, I have access to the medicine I need to take care of myself and keep me out of the ER. I paid a $4 copay and I’m proud to do so.”
If you take medication and are grateful you can afford it, we invite you to join us in celebrating 10 years of Pharmacy Bridge by clicking here to sign up for a recurring donation to Project Access NOW. Consider doing what our supporter Judith does and donating an amount equal to the copays she pays for her own medication. “Like a lot of people, I take access to the meds I need for granted. I’m proud that, thanks to me and Pharmacy Bridge, someone else gets to do that too.”
Your generosity makes our clients’ lives better. Thanks for supporting Pharmacy Bridge and Project Access NOW.