Patient Drug Affordability the Focus of New Web Portal

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 7:39 am EDT

Dateline:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
"The task force was formed to investigate the rising cost of insulin for patients with diabetes.  As a result of this process, we became aware of the many cost savings programs which exist.  This website provides a tool to help connect patients with a program that is right for them"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (August 2, 2017) – With the rising cost of prescription drugs a growing concern among patients and healthcare professionals alike, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) today announced the launch of a patient web portal for those in need of assistance with out-of-pocket costs for common endocrine-related prescription medications.

The portal, prescriptionhelp.aace.com, contains a comprehensive listing of patient drug assistance organizations that assist with costs of endocrine medications, as well as others that offer support with non-endocrine medications, and includes details regarding the program offer, qualifying criteria and contact information.

A directory of patient advocacy organizations and a helpful glossary of common health insurance terms are also available on the portal.

A key feature of the site is a comprehensive listing by medication name and the associated prescription assistance program name and phone number to help patients easily locate resources that assist with common medications for endocrine diseases.

The patient portal is an outgrowth of the work performed by an AACE member task force charged with examining patient access to medications. "The task force was formed to investigate the rising cost of insulin for patients with diabetes.  As a result of this process, we became aware of the many cost savings programs which exist.  This website provides a tool to help connect patients with a program that is right for them,” said AACE President Dr. Jonathan Leffert, FACP, FACE, ECNU.

“We collected information about the many resources available for free or reduced-cost endocrine-related medications. By making that comprehensive information available in one location, we hope to make it easier for financially challenged patients to explore all of their options,” he added. 

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 About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.