New Hope for Ph+ALL Patients as PAN Launches Co-Pay Assistance Program
Washington, D.C., February 17, 2014 – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is pleased to announce the introduction of co-pay assistance for Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ ALL). Underinsured patients being treated for this rare, but aggressive leukemia will now have streamlined access to life-saving specialty medications.
“PAN Foundation is committed to assisting patients who need our assistance, especially in populations with aggressive, life-threatening illnesses,” explained Dr. Patrick McKercher, PAN President. “We are pleased to be able to provide assistance to Ph+ ALL patients, providing hope for the patients and help for their families.”
Qualifying patients are eligible to receive up to $10,000 per year, with the ability to apply for additional funds, to cover costs associated with their medications. Patients must have Medicare insurance, must have a household income less than or equal to 500% of the Federal Poverty Level and must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
About Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (also called ALL) is an aggressive type of leukemia characterized by the presence of too many lymphoblasts or lymphocytes in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. It can spread to the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, central nervous system (CNS), and other organs. Without treatment, ALL usually progresses quickly. Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a relatively uncommon disease. However, it accounts for about one quarter of adult cases of ALL. Patients with Ph-positive ALL have a translocation of chromosomes 22 and 9. This abnormal structure results in a gene mutation (change) called BCR-ABL.
Signs and symptoms of ALL may include the following: weakness or fatigue, fever or night sweats, bruises or bleeds easily (i.e., bleeding gums, purplish patches in the skin, or petechiae [flat, pinpoint spots under the skin]), shortness of breath, unexpected weight loss or anorexia, pain in the bones or joints, swollen lymph nodes, particularly lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin, which are usually painless, swelling or discomfort in the abdomen, and frequent infections.
About the PAN Foundation
Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford high-cost specialty medications. PAN envisions a society in which every individual can access needed medical care, offering hope for a healthy tomorrow. PAN provides assistance through more than 50 disease-specific programs designed to help patients being treated for certain cancers, chronic illnesses, and rare diseases. Through our streamlined application process and state of the art online tools, we are able to ensure that patients are put on the fast track to therapy.