Cancer Patients Access $40 Million in Financial Assistance for Lifesaving Medications through OncologyRx Care Advantage

April 07, 2014

Oral oncology specialty pharmacy helps nearly 9,000 patients gain access to lifesaving medications

The Woodlands, Texas (April 7, 2014) — OncologyRx Care Advantage, LP, McKesson Specialty Health’s oral oncology products specialty pharmacy, announced today that they have assisted under-insured patients in obtaining $40 million in financial assistance by helping them access financial assistance programs.

“We could not be prouder of our team,” said Larry Whisenant, director of Specialty Pharmacy Operations, OncologyRx Care Advantage. “Without this financial support, most of these patients simply would not be able to obtain the medication they need to continue treatment.”

By working directly with various charitable foundations, the Care Advantage patient advocate team has obtained drug co-pay assistance for nearly 9,000 cancer patients over the last seven years. “Care Advantage has a strong focus and commitment to oncology and cancer patients that go beyond dispensing medications,” said John Helfrich, director of Business Development, OncologyRx Care Advantage. “We want to do everything we can to help patients adhere to their therapy and get the support they need if they can’t afford to pay for their medications on their own.”

Care Advantage Specialty Pharmacy provides patients with convenient home delivery of oral therapies and additional support for the safe use of these oral medications. The pharmacy’s team of specialists, including pharmacists, oncology certified nurses, and patient advocates, provides critical patient support that includes proactive monitoring of compliance, supporting adherence through education, which can help with side effect management, and seeking access for co-pay assistance through various cancer foundations.

“If I did not have the grant, I could not afford to take my medicine,” said Nancy Caruth, a Myelofibrosis patient, who, with the assistance of the Care Advantage team, received copay assistance from the Patient Access Network Foundation. “Without the help from the pharmacy staff, I would not have been able to get the help I needed.”

OncologyRx Care Advantage provides oral oncology therapies and is licensed in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. The Care Advantage team works with clinics across the country and is dedicated to providing high-quality services so patients can get the care they need and deserve.

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