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State Rolls Out New Prescription Program

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The uninsured in Western New York and across the state have a new program to turn to when paying for their prescription drugs. It was unveiled in Buffalo Tuesday.

Using a West Side health care center as its back drop, the state chapter of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance announced that uninsured New Yorkers may be eligible for various prescription programs.

The non-profit organization appeared at the Mattina Health Center on Niagara Street to issue this nationwide initiative.

It is estimated that more than 2-million New York residents may be able to receive free or low costs prescriptions.

Spokesman Christian Clymer said consumers who lack drug coverage are matched with programs to get the medicines they need.

"There are prescription programs for the uninsured, the under-insured, for seniors, children and low income people. There are programs for a lot of different folks," said Clymer.

Clymer said the program helps those eligible select from more than 2,500 brand name drugs as well as generic medicine.

"If someone feels like they are having trouble getting their medicines they should give us a call. It takes about ten minutes. It free and easy," said Clymer. "They might find some help that the never knew even existed."

The prescription assistance program is supported by the American Pharmaceutical company. Those interested can contact organization at 1-888-477-2669, or on-line at pparxny dot-org.