His Parkinson's medications allows the 57-year-old to continue driving and cooking his meals. But if he misses taking them, he feels his body slip away in as little as 30 minutes. His pills cost $1,056 a month but he makes $1,514 a month and he doesn't know how long he could depend on his mother for help.
Meds Connection at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center helps people like him and others with Parkinson's disease afford the medications they need to live healthier, more active lives.
- We help patients secure low-cost or free medications from sources such as pharmaceutical companies.
- Parkinson's patients usually have to rely on several drugs to help control their movements. A single month of one type of medication can range from $250 to $2,000.
- The program is free and available to all Arizona residents.
- It is provided at Banner Good Samaritan Neurosciences Clinics.
- It was started in 2009 with a donation from Alan and Shelia Fitzgerald. Shelia has Parkinson's and wanted to help other patients.
- We also provide a personal review of medication needs, help with paperwork and follow-up for renewal
- Once the program has long-term charitable funding, the hospital plans to expand it to support patients with other neurological diseases at Banner Good Sam.
- In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new Parkinson's cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1 million Americans who have the disease.
A $100 donation to Meds Connection could provide a person in need with a supply of emergency medicine for a day.