Hospital offering help with medicine costs

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Roane Medical Center’s Patient Drug Assistance Program is accepting new patients.

With or without prescription medication insurance, costs associated with monthly maintenance medication can be crippling, said Ryan Reddick, Roane Medical Center’s director of pharmacy.

“This free and confidential program helps to connect qualifying patients with their medications directly from the manufacturer at little to no cost,” he added. “By providing assistance with medications to our patients, we are able to help promote wellness and wellbeing throughout our community.”

The Patient Drug Assistance Program was started in nearly a decade ago. It is now funded through the Covenant Health Foundation.

“We understand that medications are sometimes difficult to afford,” Reddick said. “This program is unique to our county and we hope to get the word out that we are here to help.”

Pharmacy advocate Anash Parmar meets with patients at Roane Medical Center to connect with assistance directly from pharmaceutical companies at little or no cost.

Anash will help coordinate paperwork to qualify for the programs and assist in medication refills.

A photo identification, Social Security card, prescription insurance information, physician prescriptions and proof of income — such as a tax return, Social Security and disability — are all that’s needed for the program to help patients get started.

The program does not dispense, prescribe or provide money to pay for medications.

No pain medications are covered by this program.

Roane Medical Center, in the Midtown area of Harriman, is equipped with modern technologies and expert staff who aim to provide the best possible patient care.

“You can depend on Roane Medical Center to be a partner in caring for you and your family,” said Ashley Hankla, marketing manager for Roane Medical Center.

“We continue to grow our services, attract new physicians, and add advanced technology, all while sharing our best practices within the Covenant Health system.”

Visit www.roanemedical.com for details.

To schedule an appointment with pharmacy advocate Parmar, call 316-2563.