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PAN Foundation Expands Its Support to Offer Hope to Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema


Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – The Patient Access Network Foundation is proud to establish a financial assistance program designed to support the needs of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) patients.

“With the approval of new therapies that are resulting in vastly improved vision for patients with diabetic macular edema, patients have a renewed sense of hope and a greater range of treatment options,” explained Patrick McKercher, PAN President. “PAN Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that underinsured patients are able to access these novel therapies to give them the best chance at maintaining a more healthy and productive life.”

Qualifying patients are eligible to receive $4,000 per year to cover costs associated with their specialty medications. Patients must have insurance that covers the medication for which they are seeking assistance, must have a household income less than or equal to 500% of the Federal Poverty Level and must reside and receive treatment in the United States. To learn more about the DME financial assistance program or other PAN Foundation financial assistance programs, visit www.PANfoundation.org.

About Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic Macular Edema occurs when fluid and protein deposits collect on or under the macula of the eye, a yellow central area of the retina, causing it to thicken and swell. The swelling may distort a person's central vision, as the macula is near the center of the retina at the back of the eyeball. Macular edema is common in diabetes. The lifetime risk for diabetics to develop macular edema is about 10%. The condition is closely associated with the degree of diabetic retinopathy (retinal disease).

About PAN Foundation

Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford high-cost specialty medications. PAN envisions a society in which every individual can access needed medical care, offering hope for a healthy tomorrow. PAN provides assistance through nearly 50 disease-specific programs designed to help patients being treated for certain cancers, chronic illnesses, and rare diseases. Through our streamlined application process and state of the art online tools, we are able to ensure that patients are put on the fast track to therapy.