'Shot in the Arm' campaign to begin Nov. 1

Friday, October 17, 2008

Businesses across the county are being asked to help spread the word about a program which helps provide prescription medications to people who could not otherwise afford them.

People Helping People Prescription Assistance Program of Carroll County (PHP) has been assisting patients of Carroll County with critically needed prescriptions since 1991.

The fourth annual "Shot in the Arm" campaign is one of the fundraisers held to generate the funds needed for the medications. Local businesses are asked to assist in the campaign by placing donation cards near cash registers and encouraging their patrons to contribute a dollar or more. Donors' names are listed on a sheet at each business. A PHP volunteer will collect the donations from businesses.

The "Shot in the Arm" campaign will run from Nov. 1 to Nov. 27. (The campaign may be extended if businesses request it.) In addition to the direct donations, this fundraiser will raise awareness of the program for individuals in need and for other potential supporters.

Funded entirely through donations and non-governmental grants, PHP has returned more than $39,000 to Carroll County communities from January of 2005 through the end of September, 2008, by purchasing prescriptions from local pharmacies for uninsured, low-income, disabled and other individuals within our communities, people with no other means to obtain their medications.

In 2007, PHP served a total of 135 patients, purchasing $9,020 worth of medications. Through September of this year, 154 patients have been assisted, at a cost of $13,480. Since 2005, a total of 486 individuals have received prescriptions through PHP, totaling more than $39,000. The average cost per patient has been $82, with an average prescription cost of $39.

Patients are screened for eligibility and need by the social workers at the two hospitals. This service is often the critical factor in keeping patients out of the hospital.

More information is available from Sue Hopkins, at (479) 253-7400; Roberta Kirby, at (870) 423-5255; or Karen Jennings, at (479) 636-7301, extension 109.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: