His Parkinson's medications allow 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 - University Medical Center Phoenix 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 – University Medical Center Phoenix
- It was started in 2009 with a donation from Alan and Sheila Fitzgerald. Sheila 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 - University Medical Center Phoenix.
- 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.