Touring bus visits Annapolis, offers help with prescriptions

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October 19, 2005|By JAMIE STIEHM

A bus tour aimed at matching people with free or discounted prescription drug programs stopped by Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis yesterday, making Maryland the 22nd state to be visited since spring.

An initiative by the pharmaceutical industry, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a national clearinghouse that has information on hundreds of assistance programs, said Wes Metheny, a vice president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, based in Washington.

More than 450,000 Maryland residents might qualify for more-affordable prescription medicine through the program, Metheny said.

The program, which covers illnesses including AIDS, Alzheimer's disease and mental health disorders, extends to immigrants and people of all ages.

Access to the program is through pparx.org. or 888-477-2669.

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