Pharmaceutical companies give away medicine

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Between layoffs and high prices at the pharmacy keeping up with medications can be tough. But a program in Chesterfield County is offering free meds if you qualify.

It's called the Patient Assistance Program and the way it works, is Chesterfield County helps you apply for free medications straight from the pharmaceutical company.

"Often people have to make a choice about what bills they're going to pay and many people choose not to continue on their medications. It's critical that people continue to take their medication in order to control their symptoms," said Debbie Burcham, Chesterfield County Community Services.

Debbie says it's hard to believe, but pharmaceutical companies are giving way medicine.

"What these programs do is offer brand-name medications free to patients who don't have drug coverage," said Debbie.

"Since July 2008 we've been aggressively implementing this program and every month we seem to be adding more people," said Asha Mishra, Medical Director for Chesterfield County Community Services.

The way it stacks up, patients must qualify with the pharmaceutical company- income is a factor. People in the Medicare coverage gap can apply. Right now, county mental health patients can apply at the department.

"It's helped us stretch our dollars a lot further," said Debbie.

If you don't need help from Chesterfield County's Mental Health Department, you can still access the free stuff.

"The best thing to do would be to contact your doctor," Debbie said.

"It's amazing and it's a dream come true for all of us. Everybody wins in this process. The consumer wins. We win. The agency wins," said Asha.

For General Information about Obtaining Free Medicine call 1-888-477-2669 or visit

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