Prescription Help Announced

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance was launched Monday in Mississippi and several other states. It's a new program to help the poor and uninsured get free or discounted prescription medications.

Patients may call a toll-free number or log onto a website to get information about 275 drug assistance programs.

"About 25 percent of our population is Medicaid, and a significant number of our people have no insurance whatsoever, so to provide a vehicle by which patients can get a cheaper medication, quality medication at a cheaper price and sometimes even free, that's a win-win for everyone," said family physician Dr. Randy Easterling.

The number to call to find out more about the program is 1-888-477-2669. The website is