Syracuse, N.Y. — Uninsured Onondaga County residents with limited incomes will be able to get free insulin and other prescription drugs starting July 24 from Upstate Community Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy at 5000 West Seneca Turnpike.
Upstate will get the drugs from Dispensary of Hope, a national non-profit drug distributor that collects billions of doses of excess drugs, that would be otherwise destroyed, and gives them to people in need.
To be eligible, patients must be uninsured and have income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a single person, 300% of the federal poverty level means annual income of $40,770.
Qualifying patients must also have a prescription to get the medicines.
Darryl Geddes, an Upstate spokesman, said the program will be a great option for people who do not qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for people with low income and disabilities. Medicaid serves patients at or below 133% of the federal poverty level.
About 5% of Onondaga County residents under 65 are uninsured, according to U.S. Census data.
Available medications will include drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stomach ulcers, diabetes and more.
One of the drugs available will be insulin, a diabetes medication which can cost up to