New Prescription Drug Dispensary at Upstate brings hope to the Uninsured and Indigent – URBAN CNY

Meaghan Murphy, Upstate’s ambulatory care pharmacy coordinator and Eric Balotin, Upstate’s director of Retail/Specialty Pharmacy Services, are leading Upstate’s medication access program.

Millions of Americans without health insurance often go without life-saving prescriptions because they can’t afford them.

Now, for the uninsured and indigent in Onondaga there’s hope—The Dispensary of Hope.

Eligibility to participate in the Upstate’s medication access program is based on the annual published Federal Poverty rates.  According to the program website, applicants must be at or below 300 percent of Federal Poverty Guideline and have no prescription insurance.

The program starts July 24, and is for any Onondaga County resident who is uninsured and meets income eligibility.

The idea for Dispensary of Hope started in Nashville, Tenn. in 2003

Upstate’s Outpatient Pharmacy at Community Hospital, located at 5000 West Seneca Turnpike, is now receiving medication from Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit drug distributor that takes billions of doses of excess drugs that would have otherwise been destroyed and disseminates them to nonprofit pharmacies and clinics.

Available medications include those to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stomach ulcers, and more. Most notably this program includes insulin, which constantly makes headlines for its high cost, up to

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