The Medication Assistance Program (MAP) at the OSUCCC – James and the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University offers a unique service to patients to help them obtain necessary medications through pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance programs, disease-based assistance grants, charity care dollars and other funding sources. The program functions primarily as a referral service for healthcare professionals, social workers and financial counselors as they become aware that a patient has a limited ability to pay for necessary medications.
The OSUCCC – James MAP was launched in December of 2001 with one FTE to assist patients with accessing high-dollar cancer medications. Since that time, the program has expanded to 9.5 FTEs and serves all hospitals and clinics within the OSU health system. Since its inception, the MAP has assisted more than 10,000 patients and accessed more than $79 million worth of medications for both take-home and replacement purposes.
In June of 2011, the MAP was formally recognized for its work to improve patient care and patient outcomes when it was selected as a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation's Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1998 by the APhA Foundation's Quality Center, celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process through increasing patient adherence, reducing drug misadventures, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes or enhancing communication among the members of the health care team.