Too many patients can’t afford to fill their prescriptions. Forced to choose between spending hundreds of dollars at the local pharmacy or paying for rent or food, many uninsured Virginians simply throw their prescriptions away.
Others try to stretch their medications by taking their drugs every other day or cutting their pills in half — making the medications virtually worthless.
The result? Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and heart disease spiral out of control, resulting in debilitating illnesses, hospitalizations or even more serious consequences.
How VHCF is helping
VHCF is committed to addressing this crisis and has helped connect patients with more than $4.6 billion in free medications.
- VHCF’s The Pharmacy Connection (TPC) makes it easier for medical providers to obtain free medications for chronically ill patients through pharmaceutical company Patient Assistance Programs. TPC streamlines everything from determining patient eligibility to ordering, tracking and reporting. More than 151 pharmaceutical companies are TPC partners.
- RxRelief Virginia supports medication assistance caseworkers in economically disadvantaged areas who help chronically ill patients receive free medications. Using TPC, RxRelief Virginia caseworkers connected 18,148 uninsured Virginians from 80 localities with $121 million in free medicines last year alone — using just $1.6 million in state funds.
- VHCF administers the Greater Williamsburg Medication Assistance Program (GWMAP), funded by the Williamsburg Health Foundation. GWMAP caseworkers use TPC to help patients at several locations.
- RxPartnership (RxP) provides free bulk medicines from participating pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs (PAPs) to 20 affiliate safety net organizations with licensed pharmacies, enabling them to provide free medicines to patients on the day they’re prescribed. RxP affiliates provided 10,614 patients with $11.5 million in free medicines last year.
- VHCF provides access to comprehensive resources on starting and operating Medication Assistance Programs (MAPS) in Virginia.
Many VHCF grantees utilize VHCF’s The Pharmacy Connection to help their clients receive urgently needed medications for chronic illnesses. For their patients, the medications mean the difference between health and illness and, sometimes, life and death.