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April 5, 2005

NAMI Joins the "Partnership for Prescription Assistance"

New Nationwide Campaign Helps People Get the Prescription Medicines They Need

A coalition of biopharmaceutical research companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups have come together to form the Partnership for Prescription Assistance -- the largest private-sector program to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that is right for them.

NAMI is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking effort.

By calling 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), patients can learn whether they may be eligible for one or more patient assistance program. A trained specialist will ask a series of short questions and help identify the right patient assistance program for them.

Patients can also visit the program's user-friendly Web site,, which will guide them through the application process.

The patient assistance programs available through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers prescription medicines to treat a broad range of illnesses, including mental illnesses.

Though each patient assistance program has its own eligibility criteria, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance encourages anyone who does not have prescription coverage and has trouble affording their medicines to call 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit to see if they may qualify for one or more programs.

In addition to handling calls from English and Spanish speaking callers, the call center will be able to take calls from callers speaking more than 150 other languages.

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