GSK expands access to patient assistance program

9/17/2009

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. GlaxoSmithKline announced that it is making free medicines easier to obtain for patients who are unemployed, uninsured or struggling to make ends meet.

GSK is improving access to its patient assistance program, Bridges to Access, by offering two ways to apply: self-enrollment with a simple, one-page application, or enrollment by telephone with the help of a healthcare advocate (i.e. a nurse, pharmacist or social worker). Previously, all patients were required to apply through an advocate.

When using the self-enrollment form, a free 90-day supply of medicine is mailed to eligible patients two days after receipt of the application, a prescription and verification of income. For patients who need medicine immediately, they can enroll by telephone with the help of their advocate and then immediately pick up a 60-day supply of medicine at any retail pharmacy for a $10 co-pay. Most GSK medicines used in an outpatient setting are available through Bridges to Access.

"We are proud to discover and deliver medicines that can help people do more and feel better," said Deirdre Connelly, GSK president North America pharmaceuticals. "At the same time we recognize these are difficult financial times that can take a toll on people's ability to pay for care. We want to do what we can to support better health, especially for those who may find themselves suddenly in difficult financial situations."

Patients, their family members and healthcare advocates may use the new Prequalification Calculator at www.BridgesToAccess.com to see if they might qualify for the program. Enrollment applications are available at the website and by calling 1-866-PATIENT (1-866-728-4368). Additionally, GSK offers a number of other programs to help patients get access to the medicines they need. Information on all of the programs can be found at www.gskforyou.com.

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