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Help is Here Express
Monday, June 2, 2008 - 10:00am to Monday, June 2, 2008 - 12:00pm
The "Help is Here Express" bus tour will be in Portland with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer and producer Joey Pantoliano. The tour will stop in the Portland State University Park Blocks to help uninsured and financially-struggling Oregonians access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) - a nationwide effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies - raising awareness of patient assistance programs and the need to effectively address the rising and alarming rates of chronic disease in the United States.

Joey Pantoliano, who suffers from mental depression and is traveling with the PPA bus to raise awareness of this debilitating chronic disease (, is one of the best known character actors in Hollywood, appearing in more than 100 movies and television shows. But he is probably best known for his critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning performance as psychopathic mobster "Ralphie Cifaretto" on The Sopranos. His lengthy movie credits include Risky Business, The Matrix, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, Bad Boys, Empire of the Sun, Running Scared and The Goonies, among others.

When: Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Portland State University Park Blocks, between the PSU Library (1875 SW Park) and Smith Memorial Student Union Building (1825 SW Broadway)
10:00 am - Noon

To date, the PPA has helped nearly 5 million people across America, including more than 68,000 patients in Oregon. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 2,000 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. The "Help is Here Express" is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help uninsured patients in need access information on more than 475 patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the "Help is Here Express" moves on, patients can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site ( or call the toll-free phone number, (888) 4PPA-NOW, where trained operators field calls in 150 languages.

The Milken Institute along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease ( note there are more than 2 million cases of common chronic diseases in Oregon, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental disorders and pulmonary conditions. Those diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States, and the Milken Institute research states that more than 190,000 Oregonians have heart disease, 138,000 are affected by diabetes and 123,000 suffer from cancer. Innovative medications and treatments - along with improved access to prescription assistance program information through the PPA - may help to reduce the number of deaths caused by chronic disease every year, according to Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Medicines in development by America's pharmaceutical research companies include 277 life-saving and life-improving medicines for heart disease and stroke, 750 medicines to treat several types of cancer and 95 medicines for diabetes.