New Prescription Assistance Program Service Comes to Florida's Suncoast

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2.1 million Tampa Bay residents could save thousands of dollars each year using a prescription assistance program. SuncoastRx's new service helps people cut prescription drug costs by an average of $2,000 per year.

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“As the primary bread winner in my family, I couldn’t afford the $152 per month for my osteoporosis medication. SuncoastRx helped me qualify for a free prescription assistance program.”

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Local resident, Tammy P., lost her well-paying job to a bad economy. She’s now working part time and raising a child. “As the primary bread winner in my family, I couldn’t afford the $152 per month for my osteoporosis medication.” She said. “SuncoastRx helped me qualify for a free prescription assistance program.”

Solucin, LLC is a Bradenton-based consumer advocacy organization that recently launched its SuncoastRx service. Programs, such as this one, are available to people who are uninsured and lack the financial resources to pay for prescription drugs. In Tammy’s case, SuncoastRx facilitated this typically long and complex process, enabling her to qualify quickly and get her brand-name drugs for free.

“In December, the Census Bureau reported that 48% of Americans live in poverty.” David Smith, President of Solucin, said. “Here in Tampa Bay, that could mean as many as 2.1 million residents are struggling in this economy. Paying hundreds of dollars each month for medication is just not possible.”

SuncoastRx works directly with the consumer, gathering all of the information required by nearly 600 programs representing 3,000 prescription drugs. SuncoastRx completes 90% of the complicated medical paperwork and sends it to the customer for his or her signature. This information is then forwarded to the program’s administrator who decides if this applicant qualifies for their program. This decision takes between two days and two weeks.

These programs are operated by well-meaning foundations which – for many reasons – enforce strict policies, often delaying the approval process for those unfamiliar with the system. SuncoastRx understands these requirements and can accelerate the process. Solucin’s SuncoastRx service also collaborates with physicians and other healthcare organizations in the seven-county Tampa Bay area.

SuncoastRx’s patient advocacy service charges a nominal fee only if the patient qualifies. Most applicants approved for one or more prescription assistance programs pay $10 per month and often times less than that. Recently approved applicants were projected to save $3,500 a year using a prescription assistance program identified by the company while the average has been closer to $2,000 annually.

“This past Thanksgiving a community newspaper headlined that 1,900 people lined up to get food aid in St. Petersburg,” Smith said. “Clearly, these people need someone who will fight for them.”

Solucin, LLC was created by a former Emergency Medical Technician with extensive experience in retail pharmacy and prescription drug costs. For more information about Solucin’s SuncoastRx service visit http://www.SuncoastRx.com or email advocate(at)suncoastrx(dot)com.

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