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Epilepsy Medication Program

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Epilepsy Medication Program 

The Epilepsy Medication Program (EMP) will help provide epilepsy medication to clients that do not have the resources to purchase their medication and no other source can be found for his/her medication. The EMP is a safety-net program and is only to be used when there is no other resource available for the epilepsy medication.

The EMP primarily distributes generic medications. Brand name medication will only be issued when the prescriber provides a statement with the following information:

  • Brand name medication is medically necessary; and
  • Use of the generic version of the medication was attempted by the patient and was not effective or use of the generic version of the medication has not been attempted due to the severity of the patient’s epilepsy.

The ESP aims to improve the quality of life and productivity of Floridians with epilepsy by providing services to maximize seizure control, education to eliminate the stigma of epilepsy, and awareness to prevent injuries that may lead to epilepsy.

Enrollment 

A person applying to participate in the program must complete the Epilepsy Medication Program application, DH 2007, and provide a current prescription for epilepsy medication.

The Epilepsy Medication Program Application, DH 2007 is available for reproduction, please on click on EMP Application view the document.

All applicants for the EMP shall be provided with information on and be advised to apply for the patient assistance program offered by the pharmaceutical company that produces their prescribed epilepsy medication.

CHDs with Pharmacies 

Only the Bureau of Public Health Pharmacy and county health departments (CHDs) with a licensed pharmacy are authorized to fill client specific epilepsy medication prescriptions. CHDs without a licensed pharmacy must forward epilepsy medication prescriptions to the Bureau of Public Health Pharmacy to be filled.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers personal service to all patients using call counselors; personally, guiding patients through the enrollment process. For information about this process, please contact PAF at 1-866-512-3861 or visit www.copays.org.

For additional information on the Epilepsy Medication Program, contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at (850) 245-4330.