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PAN Foundation Launches New Assistance Program for Cushing’s Disease Patients


Washington, D.C., December 6, 2013 – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is now offering financial assistance to patients with Cushing’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome being treated with specialty medications. Patients of this rare endocrine disorder will now have better access to novel medications, helping them to return to a more healthy and productive life.

“Due to the nature of the disorder, Cushing’s patients are under an unbelievable amount of stress,” said Dr. Patrick McKercher, PAN President. “PAN is dedicated to ensuring that the cost of their much needed medications does not add to this stress, allowing patients to focus on their healing rather than what their treatment may cost.”

Qualifying patients are eligible to receive up to $10,000 per year, with the ability to apply for additional funds, to cover costs associated with their medications. Patients must have insurance that covers a part of their treatment, 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.

About Cushing’s Disease

Cushing's Disease, or Cushing's Syndrome, is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone cortisol. Sometimes called "hypercortisolism," it is relatively rare and most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50. An estimated 10 to 15 of every million people are affected each year. Symptoms vary, but most people have upper body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and thinning arms and legs. Children tend to be obese with slowed growth rates. Other symptoms appear in the skin, which becomes fragile and thin. It bruises easily and heals poorly. Purplish pink stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts. The bones are weakened, and routine activities such as bending, lifting or rising from a chair may lead to backaches, rib and spinal column fractures. Treatment depends on the specific reason for cortisol excess and may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or the use of cortisol-inhibiting drugs.

About the 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 more than 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.