Charitable Pharmacy Receives National Award
CINCINNATI, OH – The St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy received a national honor for expanding access to medical care. The Charitable Pharmacy received the bronze medal in the Medical category during the second annual Henry Schein Cares Medal program.
The program honors organizations that demonstrate excellence in expanding access to care for the underserved. The St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy was presented with the award by the chairman Stanley M. Bergman of Henry Schein during the company’s national sales meeting in Maryland.
Opening in 2006, the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy has filled over 346,000 prescriptions valued at over $39 million and offers 100 percent free medicine to people who are unable to afford their prescriptions. To qualify, individuals or families must live in Hamilton, Butler, Warren or Clermont counties and earn 200% or less of the federal poverty level.
“In the ten years since our pharmacy opened, thousands of Cincinnatians have received critical medicine and had improved health outcomes as a result,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati. “We are proud to receive this honor from a company that believes everyone deserves good health care.”
Since 2015, the Charitable Pharmacy has provided over $5.7 million in estimated cost avoidance to the Cincinnati area healthcare system by connecting patients with medication and avoiding additional hospital visits. Patient advocates from the Charitable Pharmacy focus on helping patients find a medical home and encouraging them to adhere to their medication.
The award includes a $5,000 prize as well as $10,000 in products from Henry Schein Cares which will allow the Charitable Pharmacy to continue to provide patients with A1C testing. An A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average blood glucose levels over the past three months. Mike Espel, Director of Pharmacy, says the average patient at St. Vincent de Paul’s Charitable Pharmacy experiences a 1.3 percent reduction in A1C. “A 1 percent reduction in A1C is a 40 percent decrease in cardiovascular risk or risk of having a heart attack,” said Espel.