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Research Study

Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, Medpin worked with faculty from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business and the University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy to study pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs (PAPs). This study examined the use and assessment of these programs by key staff at safety net clinics in California and four other states: Texas, Florida, Oregon, and Illinois. Preliminary study findings have been presented at meetings of the National Conference of State Legislatures and California Health Advocates (a nonprofit that supports the work of California's Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) projects), and the Center for Business Intelligence Annual Conference on Patient Assistance Programs.

The study's findings are expected to be published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists in March 2005.

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