A network of physicians, pharmacies and corporations that provides free and low-cost medications to Tennesseans is expanding.
The Dispensary of Hope, a not-for-profit group in Nashville, is creating a statewide network of partners to assist in delivering medication to the poor and underserved. Eventually, the group plans to go national.
The dispensary plans to expand a successful pilot project across the state. During a 36-month pilot based at St. Thomas Health Services in Nashville, a four-hospital system serving central Tennessee, the Dispensary of Hope collected more than $10 million in excess or donated pharmaceuticals. It filled more than 75,000 prescriptions for patients who otherwise couldn't afford them and gave an additional $3 million in medications to other Tennessee clinics. Its network now includes more than 300 physicians and clinics as well as dispensing sites in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Knoxville.
The dispensary will not only improve the care of individuals, but it will save millions of dollars annually in unnecessary healthcare costs, Bruce Wolf, founder of the dispensary, said in a written statement. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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