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The Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians recently awarded their 2005 Patient Care Citation to Julie Lovegrove, director of the Prescription Assistance Service, RxOklahoma.

The award is given yearly to an individual or group "in appreciation and recognition of their outstanding commitment to the betterment of the health of the people of Oklahoma."

Lovegrove, who received the award June 17, at the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly in Tulsa, was recognized for her contribution to the Prescription Assistance Service.

In addition, the 2005 Patient Advocate Citation was awarded to Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, and the Friend of Family Medicine Award was presented to Claudia Kamas. The Legislator of the Year Award was presented to Rep. Fred Morgan, R-Oklahoma City, and the Family Physician of the Year Award was given to Rep. Doug Cox, M.D.

The Prescription Assistance Service pilot program, which began more than 15 months ago in Norman, has served more than 3,000 Oklahomans with over $14 million worth of medication they would not have been able to afford.

The Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency and the Retired -- Senior Volunteer Program began partnering with the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council in late 2003 to help Oklahomans access prescriptions that could be received free of charge from pharmaceutical companies.

Lovegrove said many people who needed prescriptions didn't know about the long-standing manufacturers' assistance programs available or were unable to access and complete the individual forms.

"HB 1853 was accepted by Gov. Brad Henry and we are very pleased that the Oklahoma State Legislature determined the Prescription Assistance Service, now called RxOklahoma, will be expanded to help more Oklahomans get the medication they so desperately need," Lovegrove said. "The statewide Community Action network with other helping partners should be the most economical and effective means of providing the prescription assistance service across Oklahoma."

Additional RxOklahoma offices should be opened shortly, providing state funding becomes available July 1, 2005.

For more information or to request an application for services, call 701-2185.

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