Magazine article Drug Topics

New Software Helps Hospitals Get Free Drugs for Indigents

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Software Helps Hospitals Get Free Drugs for Indigents

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Pharmacies that serve a lot of indigent patients have a new tool to help them get free drugs from manufacturers.

The tool is Indicare, an Internet-based software comarketed by JBI Associates, a health-care consulting firm in Morristown, N.J., and Bergen Brunswig, Orange, Calif. At present, there is a confusing welter of more than 60 patient assistance programs out there, and each participating manufacturer has its own requirements to be met before replacement drugs are given away. Indicare walks pharmacists through the claim forms of 45 manufacturer programs covering more than 1,400 drugs, and it allows them to assess patient eligibility for products. It also improves productivity by retaining patient and physician information in a database that can be brought up on screen, claimed JBI Associates' managing director, Robert Lieberman. He added that his staff updates the software to keep pace with the frequent changes in manufacturers' programs.

To sign up, pharmacies pay a one-time fee of $1,000 and a monthly fee of $250, and they are then site-licensed. …

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