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Free Health Clinic receives $1.9 million in meds

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From left are RxP director of affiliate services Lisa Casler, Northern Neck Free Health Clinic director of pharmacy Angela Rich, clinic executive director Jean Nelson, and RxP executive director Amy Yarcich.
On July 22, pharmacy director Angela Rich, pharmacy assistant Suzi Bowman and executive director Jean Nelson of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic (NNFHC) received a certificate in recognition of the $1.9 million of free prescription medication the organization has received through participation with the statewide nonprofit Rx Partnership (RxP).

RxP executive director Amy Yarcich and director of affiliate services Lisa Casler presented the award at the Annual Roundtable Meeting in Richmond. The meeting is designed to encourage the free clinics and community health centers that participate as affiliates of RxP to gain information about new medications available, networking and sharing best practices.

“We at Rx Partnership are pleased to recognize the outstanding work of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic that has resulted in such a substantial and effective distribution of donated medication to patients in need,” said Yarcich.  RxP is a unique public/private partnership organization that provides access to free prescription medications for Virginia’s eligible uninsured through credentialed affiliates throughout the state. 

The NNFHC began participating as an RxP Affiliate in 2005 and has seen significant benefit for the organization’s patients since that time.

“Partnerships are crucial to the success of the clinic, and this partnership is a very important one,” Nelson said. “RxP helps assure that the clinic pharmacy is stocked with the medicines our patients need.”

As a result of the relationship with RxP, patients have access to a variety of free prescription medication and prescriptions can be filled immediately, avoiding the 6-12 week wait that is common to other patient assistance programs. 

The NNFHC operates medical and dental clinics as well as the pharmacy and serves low-income patients in the Northern Neck and Middlesex County who would not otherwise be able to afford health care services. Since the clinic’s founding in 1993 through 2008, more than 6,000 patients have been served and more than $30 million worth of health care provided.

For more information on the clinic, phone 435-0575 or visit http://www.nnfhc.com. To learn more about Rx Partnership, visit http://www.rxpartnership.org or call (804) 377-1057.

posted 08.24.2009

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