This post was written by Sandy Hope, Funding Specialist, and Justine Dolorfino, Social Media Specialist & Communications at Diplomat.

Did you know that foundations and grants exist that may help patients afford their important specialty and limited-distribution medications?

Getting started with co-pay assistance

Each foundation has designated disease states or medical conditions that they support. Some diagnoses can be covered by several foundations. Others are only supported by one or two foundations. This can make it more difficult to find funding for some medical conditions because of a lack of funds available or because there is not enough funding for certain diagnoses.

In addition, some foundations are diagnosis and drug specific. This means that in order to qualify for funding, the diagnosis and drug prescribed must both be supported by the foundation. As part of the application process, the prescribing physician is required to complete and sign a section of the foundation’s application verifying the diagnosis and drug(s) prescribed.

What are some other factors that are considered?

Most foundations will consider the household

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A few weeks ago we posted about Five Useful Mobile Apps that we believe could be very useful to our readers. Since then we have received some recommendations from our readers and have found five more free smartphone apps we think our readers could benefit from. There is an app here for everyone – from expecting mothers and parents of young children to patients on Medicare.  Click on the screenshots for larger images.

Clinical Tests and Procedures

Have a medical procedure coming up and looking for more information? The Clinical Tests and Procedures App, released by Omesoft in January of 2012, is just what you are looking for. It is essentially a comprehensive database of medical tests and procedures, providing clear and concise information with a straightforward user interface. Patients can look up tests by type (Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Neurological, etc.) or do a general search. After finding the test or procedure, the patient is provided with information on how to prepare, reasons for the procedure, and how it is actually performed. Available on Android only.

Vaccines on the Go

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Many patients living with HIV or AIDS take special medications to treat their conditions, which are often very expensive. There has been an increase in demand for HIV and AIDS treatment and medication, for a number of reasons. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “The epidemic is growing rapidly among minorities, who have historically experienced higher risk for poverty, lack of health insurance, comorbidity, and disenfranchisement from the health care system. The result is a growing number of people living with HIV disease who require public support.” Low-income patients diagnosed with HIV or AIDS often need additional financial assistance to cover the high cost of their treatments.

Federal Help

Luckily there is help available in each state and territory of the United States. “Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-87) provides grants to States and U.S. Territories to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV/AIDS

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Online Pharmacy 101: What You Need to Know

The Problem

Consumers of all ages are just a click away from Illegal online drug sellers that peddle dangerous products in violation of US law.

Despite the existence of many safe online pharmacies that adhere to laws and safety standards, the Internet has opened the door to thousands of criminal Internet sites.  At any one time there are approximately 35,000-50,000 active online drug sellers, 97% of which do not comply with U.S. laws, putting patients at risk.[1]  Illegal online “pharmacy” operations are big business, the largest of which generate millions in sales each month.[2]

Implications for Your Health

Patients are just a click away from “medicines” sold online that may – at best – not provide the desired healing benefits, and at worst harm or even kill them. Illegal online drug sellers may appear legitimate and safe – using flashy websites with pictures of friendly looking “doctors” – but the vast majority actually endangers patients.  These drug sellers often peddle prescription drugs without a prescription, sell counterfeit or otherwise illegitimate products,

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With the rise in popularity of smartphones developers have begun creating applications focused on health and medicine. There are now thousands of Apps out there, but which are worth downloading? In today’s blog post we are going to look at some free iPhone and Android apps we believe are worthwhile.  Know of a great healthcare app that we don’t have listed?  Let us know in the comments!

My Diabetes Home mySugars

My Diabetes Home has a great app for keeping track of your blood sugar. The mySugars app is simple, just post your blood glucose levels to the app each time you check them. This makes it easy to keep track of your blood sugar, and also to share the information with your doctor.  Available for iPhone and Android.

CDC Mobile App

The Center for Disease Control has released a number of Apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows phone. In addition to a triage app, Influenza app, and “Solve the Outbreak” app they have a great mobile app for finding health information. The CDC Mobile app

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