Together Rx Access Program names GSK veteran new chairman

2/9/2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Together Rx Access Program, a prescription savings program sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies, said today it has named health industry veteran Michael Pucci of GlaxoSmithKline its board chairman.

Pucci, a 26-year GSK veteran who currently serves as VP of external advocacy for the drug company, will lead a drug-discount program that is now enrolling “thousands of uninsured individuals every week,” according to a statement from the group. Since the industry-sponsored savings program was launched in 2005, more than 1.8 million individuals have enrolled in the Together Rx Access Card, and have collectively saved nearly $80 million on their prescription medicines, according to Together Rx.

Membership is free to applicants with incomes of $30,000 or less – or $60,000 for a family of four – provided they don’t have access to Medicare Part D or other public or private prescription drug coverage. The Together Rx Access Card is good for discounts usually ranging from 25% to 40% on more than 300 branded drugs, as well as generic drug savings.

Together Rx Access also directs patients to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a clearinghouse for more than 475 public and private assistance programs, including 180 offered by drug companies. Those who are eligible for the Access Card may qualify for additional savings on prescription medicines, or even free medicines, through other patient-assistance programs in the PPA.

The PPA also connects people to free health clinics in their community.

Pucci has been a Together Rx board member since the program’s inception. He’s also been a trustee for the North Carolina Academy of Family Practice Physicians Foundation, and was recently appointed to the Aquatic Advisory Board for the Triangle Aquatic Center. For four years, he also led the United Way campaign for GlaxoSmithKline, where he raised more than $10 million for charities in the Triangle region of North Carolina.

“Mike is the ideal person to lead our program,” said Roba Whiteley, executive director of Together Rx Access. “His advocacy experience will allow us to continue generating awareness of the program among healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and community leaders in order to reach many more uninsured individuals who, now more than ever, need help affording prescription medications.”.

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