| Jul 10, 2018
A Day In the Life: Distributing Free Meds in isra
Cancer Medicines. Each unit costs $15,000
The call came in at 11:20 AM. "My son Kiril is 3.5 years old. One month ago he was diagnosed with glioma brain cancer, after losing weight and severe vomiting. We need to come up with over $100,000 for a life-saving treatment. Can you help us?"
At Friends for Health we believe that a person should not lose his or her life because they can’t afford to buy medicine.
We receive such calls every 5 minutes in average and the entire system immediately springs into action:
- Eli, the head pharmacist, immediately checks the computerized system in search of the medicine requested. Has one been donated by one of the 28 pharmaceutical companies that send us close-to-expiration medicine?
- Itzik checks the second-hand Free Pharmacy: Has one arrived from one of our 600 collection points, where people drop off unused meds? (He sends out 4,400 packages of such medicine every month).
- Esti contacts the manufacturer, perhaps the patient is eligible for their compassionate care program?
- Shira immediately contacts one of our 6 volunteer lawyers: the case needs to be reviewed ASAP and submitted to the family’s Health Maintenance Organization’s Appeals Committee, in order to get the child the medicine as an exception.
- Miri opens the family a ‘Save a Life’ fund. The family can then immediately appeal to family and friends for donations to the child's fund. All donations are tax deductible, and unlike similar crowd sourcing initiatives, 100% of the funds donated are handed over to the family.
Within a day the family is surrounded by solutions, all aimed at finding the baby the life-saving medicine he needs.
Yesterday, we received a request for:
- 5 boxes of Afinitor a month for a 36 year old mother of three. This cancer medicine would serve for a 3-week treatment. The price: nearly $25,000 a month. A 3-month regimen was recommended.
- 2 units of Uptravi: $32,000
- 2 units a day of Pediasure, a nutritional drink for children unable to eat solids. The child has been prescribed this drink for the last 5 years.
- Rydapt – each unit costs $20,100. Recommended treatment: one unit every 2 weeks for 6 months.
Friends for Health helps families in need, when their entire world seems to collapse. A child, spouse or parents is diagnosed with a terrible illness. After the second and third opinions, when the solution finally seems at reach – the family learns that the medicine is not covered by their HMO or private insurance. The unimaginable sums they must quickly find in order to save the lives of a loved one sometimes mean selling their house, cashing in their savings and pension funds, selling everything they own.
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