Stamford, Conn. – Feb. 26, 2015 – AmeriCares is supplying medication for 60,000 uninsured Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease in recognition of American Heart Month. The medications, valued at $3.5 million, are headed to free clinics and other safety net providers nationwide participating in AmeriCares U.S. Medical Assistance Program. The donation includes enough medication to provide one month of treatment for patients suffering from hypertension and high cholesterol.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and low-income patients who lack consistent access to health care and necessary medications are particularly at risk,” said AmeriCares Medical Officer Dr. Julie Varughese. “By providing medications to help manage cardiovascular disease, we can help prevent heart attacks and strokes for some of the most vulnerable Americans.”
AbbVie, Amneal Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca generously donated products for the heart month campaign.
AmeriCares is the nation’s largest provider of donated medical aid to the U.S. health care safety net, last year delivering more than $85 million in prescription and over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies for patients in need. Supported by the GE Foundation, the program helps partner clinics to increase capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients.
AmeriCares partner clinics report about 40 percent of all patient visits are related to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.