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Patient Access Network Foundation and National Kidney Foundation Announce New Alliance to Provide Support for People Living With Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Hyperkalemia


For Immediate Release

PAN Foundation Contact:

Margaret Figley, Director of Communications

Phone: 202-661-8074

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Washington, DC, June 17, 2016 - The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) today announced they are launching a new alliance to offer a broad spectrum of support for people living with secondary hyperparathyroidism and hyperkalemia, conditions frequently seen in people living with chronic kidney disease. Working together, the PAN Foundation and NKF will ensure that people living with secondary hyperparathyroidism and hyperkalemia have access to both financial and patient support services, providing them with the holistic support to best manage their disease.

“Here at the PAN Foundation, we work to not only alleviate the financial pressures associated with kidney disease, but to provide patients with additional support and resources,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein. “Our alliance with the National Kidney Foundation will enable us to connect people with kidney disease to the education and patient support services they need to better understand and manage their conditions.”

According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it. The prevalence of secondary hyperparathyrodism and hyperkalemia is considerably higher in patients living with chronic kidney disease.

“We are thrilled to provide an additional level of support to our patients,” said National Kidney Foundation CEO Kevin Longino. “Managing kidney conditions can be complex, and even more so when you factor in the financial implications. By partnering with PAN, we can provide our patients with the latest information on financial assistance programs so they can access the best medical care possible.”

To qualify for the PAN Foundation’s secondary hyperparathyroidism and hyperkalemia programs, patients must reside and receive treatment in the United States and have Medicare health insurance, and the medication for which they seek assistance must be covered by their insurance and treat the disease directly. See below for specific program information:

Assistance Program

Maximum Award Level Income Eligibility Criteria
Secondary hyperparathyroidism $4,000 per year Patient's income must fall at or below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level
Hyperkalemia $4,000 per year Patient's income must fall at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level

Patients, or advocates and caregivers applying on their behalf, can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal (www.panapply.org), or by calling 1-866-316-7263, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. To learn more about PAN’s more than 50 disease-specific programs, visit panfoundation.org.

About the PAN Foundation:

The PAN Foundation is an independent, nationwide 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. Since 2004, PAN has provided over $1 billion in financial assistance to more than half a million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org

About the National Kidney Foundation:

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.  For more information about the NKF visit www.kidney.org.