St. Vincent’s pharmacy for the needy gets $25,000

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Pharmacist Christine Toni  prepares a medication for a client of the Hope Dispensary. St. Vincent’s Foundation recently won a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation for the Hope Dispensary.

Pharmacist Christine Toni prepares a medication for a client of the Hope Dispensary. St. Vincent’s Foundation recently won a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation for the Hope Dispensary.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation on behalf of the Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport, which provides free pharmaceuticals to low-income and uninsured individuals in Bridgeport and the surrounding area. This is the second grant awarded to The Hope Dispensary from the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
The Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport is a charitable dispensary which grew out of a partnership between the Primary Care Action Group,  a collaboration of both medical providers and advocacy groups in the Greater Bridgeport area, and the Dispensary of Hope, a growing national network of clinics and pharmacies, which serves uninsured and low-income patients. It is the first and only Dispensary of Hope site in Connecticut, and provides short-term and long-term medication assistance to eligible patients. The Hope Dispensary stocks medications to treat the top five chronic diseases which fall under the categories of cardiac, pulmonary, diabetes and mental health, but does not stock controlled drugs.
According to St. Vincent’s, about 875 patients in the area have been provided medications valued at $673,327 by the Hope Dispensary at no cost since its launch in 2011. Fiscal year 2013 saw an increase of more than 270 percent in the number of prescriptions dispensed, and a 150 percent increase in the number of new patients over the previous year. More than a thousand people have also been helped by having their medication, in coordination with the prescriber, interchanged to one that is similar but is more affordable.

Amanda Cuda

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