Poverty and poor-health are intertwined, and often our medically underserved neighbors have complex health conditions that can be treated with necessary lifestyle changes and access to medication. But medicines are expensive, dosing information is complicated, and many patients find it difficult to purchase and use their medications properly. The PCC administers several collaborative programs designed to provide access to medication services and prescription drug information for low-income, uninsured members of our community.
Since 2005 the Community Pharmacy has provided essential generic medications to Montgomery Cares patients directly in the clinics. The point-of-service program provided medication and diabetic testing supplies to tens of thousands of patients at their primary care clinic. Not only is providing medication at the end of an office visit more convenient for patients, it increases access to prescription medications and improves patient outcomes through medication compliance.
The program is funded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and receives professional oversight from a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for formulary development, review, and drug utilization.
- 38 generic medications
- Pre-packaged unit-of-use distribution system
- Nine medication classes
- Family Planning
- Mental Health
- Diabetic testing supplies
Montgomery County Medbank
MedBank provides access to the pharmaceutical industry’s patient-assistance programs (PAPs) for free brand medications. Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs for people who cannot afford their medications, but the requirements of the different pharmaceutical companies and the details of the PAPs are constantly changing. The PCC’s Medbank staff help patients with eligibility, enrollment, paperwork, follow up, and the medication refill process.
- Free brand name medications
- Discount card programs
- Staff support in working with PAPs
- Ensuring a steady supply of medications
MedBank supports people referred by safety-net clinics and community and faith-based organizations to apply for these assistance programs. The PCC MedBank staff also support patients of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services and other outpatient mental health clinics in obtaining psychotropic medications.