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UCSF pharmacy school receives major grant from Amgen Foundation for Medicare Part D outreach

s, and creating sound communities," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. "We support this program because it clearly takes full advantage of a diverse student body and encourages a spirit of collaboration."

"This grant aligns perfectly with the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacys commitment to changing the way pharmacy care is delivered based upon the needs of our patients," said Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, chair of the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy. "Pharmacists are on the front line of the Medicare Part D issue. This grant will give future pharmacists the new skills to help patients manage a deluge of new information."

The Partners in D program begins immediately with outreach sessions occurring in Northern California throughout the weekend. The first program, held in Sacramento, will help underserved seniors evaluate their Medicare Part D options and enroll in Part D prescription drug plans.

Medicare Part D is the federal governments voluntary prescription drug insurance program for Medicare-eligible individuals. In the state of California, 55 different Medicare Part D Plans and 19 Medicare Advantage Plans choices are available. Each plan has its own list of covered drugs, co-pay amounts, monthly premiums, deductibles, coverage in the "coverage gap," and prior authorization process.

The UCSF School of Pharmacy is the top-ranked pharmacy school in the United States, as measured independently by academic quality and perception, funding, and publications.


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Contact: Wallace Ravven
wravven@pubaff.ucsf.edu
415-476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
8-Dec-2006


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