(1) The Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Program is established. The purpose of the program is to match low-income Oregonians who lack prescription drug benefit coverage with prescription drug assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
(2) The program shall:
(a) Provide information on:
(A) Eligibility requirements and coverage provided by publicly funded prescription drug benefit programs administered by the Department of Human Services; and
(B) The process for applying to receive publicly funded prescription drug benefits;
(b) Assist a patient in applying to pharmaceutical companies for free or discounted prescription drug medications if the patient is not eligible for any publicly funded prescription drug benefit program;
(c) Provide information, in an organized and easily understood manner, to patients, physicians, pharmacists and pharmacies regarding patient qualifications for prescription drug assistance programs;
(d) Increase awareness of the various prescription drug assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies; and
(e) Establish a toll-free hotline and Internet website to increase public awareness of the Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Program and to provide public access to the information and services provided through the program.
(3)(a) The College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University shall operate the Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Program until June 30, 2003, and may operate the program thereafter unless the Department of Human Services enters into a contract described in paragraph (b) of this subsection.
(b) For periods on or after July 1, 2003, the Department of Human Services may contract with any pharmacy provider to operate the Patient Prescription Drug Assistance Program. [2001 c.869 §1]
Note: 414.338 to 414.348 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 414 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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