For immediate release
PAN Foundation contact:
Maggie Naples, Acting Director of Marketing and Communications
Washington, DC, (August 1, 2018) – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) today announced they are launching a new alliance to offer a broad range of support for people living with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Working together, the PAN Foundation and the NOF will ensure that people living with postmenopausal osteoporosis have access to both financial and patient support services, providing them with the comprehensive support needed to best manage their disease.
“Our primary goal at the PAN Foundation is to ensure patients can access the critical treatments they need to improve their health and quality of life, but our efforts extend beyond helping with deductibles and copays,” said PAN President and CEO Daniel Klein. “Working closely with the National Osteoporosis Foundation will allow us to connect patients with resources that can help them better understand their conditions, adhere to their treatment regimens and link them to patient support communities.”
According to the NOF, osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
“We are excited to kick off this partnership with the PAN Foundation, and provide extended support for our patients and families,” said Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. “Managing postmenopausal osteoporosis can be complex, and even more so when you factor in the financial implications. Working in partnership with PAN, we can help alleviate some of the financial pressures our patients are facing, allowing them to access the best medical care possible.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Program are eligible to receive up to $500 per year in financial assistance. Eligible patients must be getting treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis; must reside and receive treatment in the United States; must have Medicare health insurance; and the medication for which they seek assistance must be covered by Medicare and must be listed on PAN’s list of covered medications. In addition, patients must fall at or below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
About the PAN Foundation:
The PAN Foundation is an independent, nationwide 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. Since 2004, PAN has provided over $1 billion in financial assistance to nearly one million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research. Established in 1984, NOF is the nation’s only health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health. To learn more, visit www.nof.org.
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