Seven out of ten Americans currently take at least one prescription medication, while four out of ten have reported making financial sacrifices in order to afford the prescription medications they take.
Those two statistics constitute a healthcare crisis: 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. The Pharmacy Bridge program addresses this issue.
What would my family have done, my children, if I’d had another heart attack? 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.
Maria, Pharmacy Bridge client
Pharmacy Bridge offers Project Access NOW clients (and some non-client patients of clinics with whom we partner) access to medications a care provider has determined they need to be healthy. The clients our program serves can’t access their medications, 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 medications they need at no or at 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.
Support Pharmacy Bridge
Sign up for a recurring donation to Project Access NOW. A $4/month contribution will help people like Maria get the prescription they need. Consider joining our supporter Judith in donating an amount equal to the co-pays 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.
- $1,000 will provide one low-income person with the insulin and testing supplies they need to manage their diabetes for six months.
- $500 will provide one low-income person with the antithyroid medications they need to manage life-altering thyroid disorders like Grave’s disease for six months.
- $300 will provide one low-income person with asthma medication for one month.
- $100 will provide one low-income person with hypertension medication for one month.