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PAN Foundation Launches New Travel Assistance Fund to Assist Patients Participating in Radium-223 Expanded Access Program


Washington, D.C., January 24, 2013 – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation has launched a new travel assistance fund that aims to help patients participating in the Radium-223 Expanded Access Program (EAP). This fund will allow patients to travel to participating treatment facilities without the burden of costs associated with their journey, making the treatment option more viable for patients across the country.

“PAN is committed to ensuring that patients have access to potentially life-saving novel therapeutics,” explained Patrick McKercher, PAN President. “We are pleased to extend our Travel Assistance Services to create a first-of-its-kind resource for patients participating in the EAP,” Dr. McKercher continued.

PAN’s Travel Assistance will cover approved transportation, lodging and ancillary travel expenses such as gas, food and meals while traveling to a treatment facility. Patient Access Network has dedicated travel associates to assist patients with their travel needs and to ensure proper travel is arranged and confirmed.

About the Radium 223 Expanded Access Program

Radium-223 is an investigational drug used in treating patients diagnosed with castrate resistant prostate cancer with symptomatic bone metastases. Radium-223 is available through qualified clinical sites participating in the program. Expanded access refers to the use of an investigational drug, under certain circumstances, to treat patients with a serious disease or condition who cannot participate in a controlled clinical trial.

About PAN Foundation

Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, national 501c3 organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients much needed financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket expenses related to qualifying treatments. PAN provides grants of $500 to $10,000 per year to qualified patients to help pay for medications for more than 40 cancers, chronic illnesses and rare diseases. Since 2004, PAN has provided more hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance for out-of-pocket expenses to hundreds of thousands of patients in need. For more information, visit www.PANfoundation.org.