The Dispensary of Hope is a charitable medication distributor. Through innovative stewardship of the pharmaceutical supply-chain, the Dispensary of Hope collects and distributes millions of dollars of pharmaceuticals annually to charitable clinics and pharmacies to dispense to low income, uninsured patients. Pharmacies and clinics utilize Dispensary of Hope medication to address community health concerns, as the cornerstone of avoidable hospital readmission programs and to reduce unnecessary emergency room use that often results from lack of access to affordable medication.
Medication is received from two main sources, including manufacturers and health systems. The Dispensary of Hope operates its “Fill the Box Fill the Need” campaign by which physician practices donate surplus sample brand medication. Over 1,000 practices across the United States donate using our “Fill the Box Fill the Need” Hope Boxes™. Combined, these manufacturers and physicians have donated over $150 million AWP* in medication.
Medication is distributed domestically to access sites, which include federally qualified health centers, free clinics, charitable pharmacies, outpatient pharmacies, and state central access programs, all licensed to dispense medication. The typical recipients of Dispensary of Hope medication are patients between the ages of 18 and 65, with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and who are pharmaceutically uninsured.
Today, the work of the Dispensary of Hope is delivered by a national collaborative of health systems, drug manufacturers, and others dedicated to providing medication access to the most underserved communities. Each day, this collaborative is humbled by the stories heard from patients, the challenges they take on in seeking medical care and the trials they face in securing the medication that often keeps them alive.
*AWP (average wholesale price) is one publicly available metric that could be used to value prescription medication; however, other factors would likely need to be considered to determine the value for auditing or tax purposes.