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Washington, D.C., July 13, 2012 - The need for patient assistance for medicines is growing exponentially and there is always more to be done.
In the spirit of educating a wider audience about its work, PAN continues to aggressively seek out opportunities to collaborate with health media - pushing the PAN story out to a wider audience though popular medical blogs and informational outlets ensuring greater opportunities for patients and their providers to learn about, and to access, PAN services.
On June 28, the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), www.cancer.net, featured a patient advocate guest column by PAN President, Patrick McKercher, RPh, PhD. Dr. McKercher focused on the difficult choices many patients have to face when burdened with high out-of-pocket medical costs and explained how PAN is there to help with disease-specific grants for under-insured patients. Featuring PAN’s ease of use and quick turnaround times for approvals, McKercher highlighted the vast increase in patient adherence (42% before receiving a PAN grant to 98% after) to encourage patient awareness and enrollment. Visit this link to read Dr. McKercher’s column.
Continuing PAN’s collaborations with leading patient-focused resources, on July 7, excerpts from an interview with Emily Acland, PAN’s Associate Manager, External Relations were included in the Mayo Clinic’s Living With Cancer blog in the post, “New cancer treatments create cost challenges”. Author Sheryl Ness discussed the rise of oral chemotherapy drugs and the challenge for many patients to access these cutting-edge treatments and showcased PAN as resource for those patients struggling to make ends meet. The post will also be featured in the Mayo Clinic’s upcoming newsletter.