The Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access (APA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides access to life-saving medications to individuals who otherwise might go without treatment due to inability to afford their out of pocket costs. APA has been here since 2004, helping thousands in our community restore and maintain their health and well-being. APA has provided over 10,000 client visits and almost $10,000,000 in monetary value of medications to the residents of Northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County. APA has offices in Santa Maria, Lompoc and San Luis Obispo.
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What Do We Provide?
APA provides a unique and free service. APA utilizes a comprehensive patient-centered case management approach to medication access for anyone struggling to afford their prescription medications. Its innovative approach provides medication advocacy, continuity of care and access to patient assistance programs that result in healthier people, families and ultimately the community.
How do we do this?
By accessing medication through patient assistance programs offered through pharmaceutical companies that offer free or special pricing for those who are unable to afford or pay market prices for their medications. APA is the missing link between those in need and these patient assistance programs. Our trained advocates are skilled at securing medications and diabetes supplies for the people in our community who most desperately need them.
If a client needs specialty or brand name medications, we enroll qualifying individuals into Patient Assistance Programs; if they qualify for Medi-Cal we refer them to the nearest social services office or certified enrollment counselor; if they are insured or have Medicare or Medi-Cal but are unable to afford their out of pocket expenses for their medications, we seek co-payment assistance programs, and on-line discounted or non-profit pharmacies for (available) generic medications. In 2016 APA also began a diabetes care program which offers discounted diabetes testing supplies to qualifying individuals. APA’s free, direct, and confidential client service is often the only resource that these individuals have to access free or discounted medications and diabetes supplies. Clients, are enrolled for a year at a time.
Who Do We Serve?
Any person who needs to access free and/or discounted medications to their healthcare needs as determined by their doctor.
Who Can Be Assisted?
Anyone who has been prescribed a medication to treat a medical condition and does not have insurance coverage, or has limited insurance coverage, is in the coverage gap, or simply does not have the resources to buy their prescribed medication.
See example listing of drugs and conditions under Meds.
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All contributions to APA are tax deductible