Prescription Assistance Program Software
Automatically Generate Prescription Assistance Forms
Pharmaceutical companies provide free drugs for low income
individuals through their prescription assistance programs. These programs
are typically not advertised and not well known by the general public.
However, over the last few years the public relations benefits of these programs
has come to the attention of senior management at many drug companies. Now
you see some TV advertisements as well as more prominent displays of these
prescription assistance programs on company's websites.
Acceptance to the prescription assistance programs is often simply based on income. However, the assistance plan forms are diverse and
rarely give a clue for the qualifications for assistance plan acceptance. Some of these programs ask more than 100 detailed questions
about your personal finances. Re-enrollment is usually required at varying periods, from 3 months to 1 year.
This software takes care of the drug plan paperwork that patients need to complete to get the free drugs, and they fill out the forms again when
the patients' supplies run out - companies usually send patients a 90-day or 180-day supply of the drug, and require them to reapply
and again prove financial need before they ship more.
We were asked to create a database to manage the process, determine preliminary eligibility, and produce the prescription assistance program
After all the client data is entered the user goes to the
prescription plan match screen to determine preliminary eligibility to the particular pharmaceutical assistance program depending on each
prescription held by the client. In this example the user has pressed the 'Check Approval' button and the database displays a
popup message indicating approval or indicating why the application was not approved. Since this is just a preliminary
approval the user may still printout the prescription assistance plan application form by pressing the 'Print Form' button.
Below is a snapshot of a completed application form.
Where appropriate we always try to make the database
appear simple to the user. In this case we have a single review tab that replaces 3 tabs in a standard-designed database. Note the
radio buttons for views of Clients, Doctors, and Client Charts - these three different forms a dynamically overlaid when a radio
button is pressed.