Montel Williams and the Big Orange ‘Help Is Here Express' Bus Roll Into the Nation's Capital to Help Americans In Need Access Prescription Drugs

Patients Receiving Free Or Nearly Free Medicines From Nearly All 50 States Join the Bus on the National Mall

Story Summary:

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – the largest private-sector program that has helped nearly four million individuals in need find ways to access their prescription drugs for free or nearly free – rolled into Washington, D.C. to highlight the growing health care issues facing uninsured Americans and the important role of patient assistance programs. The national spokesman for the PPA, Emmy-winning syndicated talk show host Montel Williams, the "Help is Here Express" bus and patients from nearly all 50 states who benefit from the program, are joining forces on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to help others in need find relief.

Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour – sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies – has visited all 50 states and more than 1,200 cities. The bus is staffed with trained specialists to help lower-income, uninsured and underinsured patients access more than 475 patient assistance programs to see if they may quality for free or nearly free prescription drugs.

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  • Billy Tauzin, President & CEO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America
  • Montel Williams, PPA National Spokesman
  • Mayte Prida, PPA Spokeswoman
  • PPA Patients

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  • Help Is Here Express Ext.
  • Bus Interiors
  • GFX
  • Event Footage

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