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HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. Visits the Dispensary of Hope

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HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE, M.D. VISITS THE DISPENSARY OF HOPE

The Dispensary of Hope, headquartered in Nashville, TN, welcomed Secretary Tom Price of the Department of Health and Human Services to their home office and distribution center on Tuesday.

Christopher Palombo, The Dispensary of Hope CEO, said, “The Dispensary of Hope welcomed the opportunity to talk to a government leader whose work impacts the healthcare of our nation.  We wanted Secretary Price to be aware of the generosity at work here, both of the dispensing site partners and the generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in serving the healthcare needs of vulnerable and uninsured Americans.”

Secretary Price commented on his visit, “The real innovators, problem-solvers, and healers are not just in Washington, D.C.—they’re in Nashville, Tennessee.  I got to see that work first-hand at Dispensary of Hope on Tuesday. Their collaborations are helping to ensure that medicines are not wasted and that those in need get them. Thank you to the team at Dispensary of Hope for walking me through your operation this week.”

Research, conducted by the Advisory Board Company at Saint Thomas Health, shows significant cost reductions across the health care system for patients who are served by the Dispensary of Hope network, highlighted by a reduction in the average cost per inpatient visit, a reduction in the cost per visit to the emergency department, and improved health outcomes year after year for patients with chronic conditions.

Mr. Palombo added, “There will always be Americans who need access to medicine due to difficult economic circumstances and lack of insurance.  For these Americans, the generosity of the donating pharmaceutical manufacturers and the clinical support from dispensing site partners is a lifeline to stabilize complex health conditions, creating a better quality of life.”

Ascension and Saint Thomas Health, the lead funder and host of the Dispensary of Hope collaborative, conveyed to Secretary Price that America needs the Dispensary of Hope to expand across the country to even more dispensing sites.  With estimates of 28.4 million uninsured in America1, the Dispensary of Hope, an industry-to-industry partnership, is reducing health care costs and, more importantly, is serving the most vulnerable of Americans; providing needed medicine at no cost as an effective way to treat health conditions and improve patient health outcomes.

The Dispensary of Hope distribution network is a remarkable collaborative that connects generous donations of medicine from drug manufacturers to qualified patients through a nation-wide distribution system of outpatient pharmacies and charitable clinics.  Qualified patients have benefited from over 671,000 prescriptions over the last year.  For more information about the Dispensary of Hope, donating medicine or becoming a dispensing site, please go to: www.dispensaryofhope.org.

 

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1. The latest data are available from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey’s Early Release Program

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Dispensary of Hope’s 2016 Dedication Event

On October 14, 2016, Dispensary of Hope hosted a Building Dedication event celebrating its growth, partnerships, and increased access to care. Many prominent healthcare figures were in attendance to show their support, including leaders from Ascension, Saint Thomas Health, Dispensary of Hope manufacturer partners, and current dispensing sites as well as U.S. Congressional representatives Marsha Blackburn and Buddy Carter.

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Unused Drugs Redirected to Uninsured Patients

Charitable drug distributors are improving access to essential medications for low-income, uninsured patients in the United States. One such organization, the Dispensary of Hope (DoH), has collected more than $150 million in medications from both manufacturers and health-systems since its founding in 2003.

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Dispensary of Hope featured on CHA

Although the Affordable Care Act has helped many obtain health insurance, lack of coverage for low-income Americans’ prescription medications weighs down an other-wise improving national health care model and inflates costs. Consistent access to the medication they need helps people better manage chronic conditions and reduce acute health incidents and related emergency care.

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National Association of Charitable Pharmacies to be Held in Detroit

Formation of National Association for Charitable Pharmacies to Advance a Nationwide Movement to Support and Share Best Practices

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Who:          Pharmacy professionals directly involved with running or planning to open a nonprofit, charitable pharmacy who want to advance a national movement to support and share best practices

What:         Discuss formation of a national association for charitable pharmacies that will support knowledge transfer, national advocacy, donated medication sourcing goals and peer-to-peer relationships

When:         October 8, 2014
                       1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Where:        Communities Joined in Action Annual Conference
                       Greektown Hotel
                       555 E. Lafayette Street
                       Detroit, MI 48226

Why:            The Opportunity and the Challenge

The Dispensary of Hope is a national charitable medication distributor focusing on the domestic healthcare safety net.  As a result of its success in acquiring donated medication, the Dispensary of Hope is now investing to strengthen the work of its critical partners conducting field programs, charitable pharmacies

 

The Dispensary of Hope, established in 2003, currently serves over 80 communities and 56,000 patients nationwide.  The Dispensary of Hope serves manufacturers, health systems, and physician practices with an efficient and compliant mechanism to donate medication, avoiding costly destruction while supporting our nation’s 8,200 charity clinics. The Dispensary of Hope is a 501(c) 3 charity, formed as a national philanthropic service of Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, a member of Saint Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system.   For more information, visit: www.dispensaryofhope.org. 

The goal: 100% Hope, 0% Waste.

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Network Announcement – Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island

The Dispensary of Hope, one of the nation’s most innovative programs that supplies no cost surplus medicines to those in need, has recently partnered with Volunteers in Medicine in Hilton Head Island, SC, to provide prescription medication, Chief Executive Officer Christopher Palombo, announced today. The Dispensary of Hope recovers surplus sample medications from physician practices and manufactured overage from pharmaceutical companies around the country, which are then distributed nationwide to charitable clinics, such as the one operated by Volunteers in Medicine, providing uninsured patients with necessary prescription care.

For 20 years, Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island has been providing free health care on Hilton
Head Island. The relentless efforts of founder Dr. Jack McConnell have ensured that everyone in the
community has access to free, compassionate, quality-driven health care. Today, more than 600
volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers and lay volunteers provide more than 30,000
patient visits each year. And, VIM Hilton Head Island serves as the flagship model for 96 free medical
clinics across the country.

When asked about the new partnership, Palombo said, “A relationship like this is vital for us to achieve
our goals, which is to improve the health of the underserved, at the most efficient cost, and the highest
level of quality and access – we therefore need such leading safety net clinics as partners. The folks
at Volunteers in Medicine have been doing great work for 20 years, their model has been replicated
countless times, and we’re proud to be able to serve their team of gifted medical providers with large
volumes of donated medication. ”

Julie Copp, Director of Patient Care for Volunteers in Medicine, said, “When we were approached by the
Dispensary of Hope about becoming their partner, we immediately recognized the value to our neighbors
in need. We’re thrilled to be part of this effort.”

Palombo concluded, “The Dispensary of Hope is growing to serve more of those in need, but we can’t
do it alone. Volunteers in Medicine’s participation in our work is an inspiration to us and to those in
need. With this partnership, we will be able to increase health and access to medication at lower cost.”

Dispensary of Hope, established in 2003, currently serves over 80 communities and 56,000 patients
nationwide. The Dispensary of Hope serves manufacturers, health systems, and physician practices with an efficient and compliant mechanism to donate medication, avoiding costly destruction while supporting our nation’s 8,200 charity clinics. The Dispensary of Hope is a 501(c)3 charity, formed as a national philanthropic service of Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, a member of Saint Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. For more information, visit: www.dispensaryofhope.org. The goal: 100% Hope, 0% Waste.

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Spotlight on Via Christi Health in Wichita, KS

We are pleased to share with you an article featuring one of the Dispensary of Hope’s Access Sites, Via Christi Health in Wichita, KS. The following article was recently published in The Wichita Eagle. Through their outpatient pharmacy, Via Christi Health is utilizing their relationship with The Dispensary of Hope to further their efforts to reduce patient relapses and hospital readmissions, following discharge from the hospital.

Join us as we applaud the efforts of Via Christi Health, as well as the rest of the clinics and pharmacies participating in our network of HOPE! Read more about their initiative here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/01/3318232/via-christi-health-helps-distribute.html

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