Starting this month, hundreds of uninsured patients in Connecticut will have access to free medications.
“The key to this program really is that we share the goal of helping people get better and stay better.”
Ridgefield based organization Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, is providing a free supply of medication to more than 3,000 eligible uninsured patients, to be distributed to free clinics across the country by AmeriCares.
“The majority of the medications that they’re providing to us are medications to treat chronic illnesses,” says AmeriCares Free Clinics Executive Director Karen Gottlieb. “Chronic illnesses are just very prevalent in free clinics.
“When we determine with our partners what the needs of the community are, we focus on that particular mission because what we’re trying to do is increase the safety net in the United Sates for patients who need certain medicines to treat their conditions,” says Lilly Ackley, President of the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation.
In the four Connecticut clinics, located in Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and Danbury, the program will provide a full year of treatment for about 600 patients diagnosed with hypertension.
“For our patients, they really belong to a group called the working poor, and they are dealing with a lot of stress in their life; they’re working, they’ve got children, they don’t have babysitters so they can go to the pharmacy to pick up their medicine,” says Gottlieb. “Just the fact that we’re able to give them the bottle the day they come and see us, tell them how to take their medicine, and know that when they run out they can come back to us and they can get the same medicine on an ongoing basis is just really important to compliance, to safety, and to efficacy.
“That is one less thing that they have to worry about, because they’re also worrying about, more than likely, other socioeconomic and environmental factors that really impact their health along with the condition,” says Ackley.
The new initiative is an extension of the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation’s Product Donations Program. Since being founded in 2001, the Foundation has donated over $1 billion in medicines in the U.S. and around the world.