Rx Partnership is a public/private partnership which exists to increase access to medication for Virginia’s vulnerable populations and serve as a resource to the organizations that support these populations. RxP accomplishes this as a free-standing nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which serves as a broker to access and distribute free prescription medications in bulk. RxP solicits free medications from six pharmaceutical companies and arranges for their distribution to 20 affiliate community-based free clinics and community health centers with licensed pharmacies which it credentials, monitors and audits. RxP’s unique bulk replacement process circumvents the burdensome, costly and time consuming individual Indigent Patient Drug Assistance Programs resulting in a streamlined, efficient and cost-effective process which delivers more drugs to a larger number of patients in need.
In November, 2002, a group of concerned individuals representing health safety net providers in Virginia convened a group of pharmacists and pharmacy trade representatives to address medication access issues. As they knew, more than one in four uninsured Virginians (27%) go without needed medication because they could afford to pay for their prescriptions. The group identified several key elements that should be included in the design of a new program:
Research has shown that other states had used variations of two models, a warehouse model and a central pharmacy model. In order to avoid the costly capital and operating expenses required by these models, and to build on Virginia’s existing network of Free Clinics and Community Health Centers, the Virginia group created an innovative “broker” model. In this broker model, RxP is an independent third party that coordinates the ordering, reporting and communication between pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care organizations. Rx Partnership credentials Free Clinics, Community Health Centers and central fill pharmacy projects, assuring manufacturers that 1) the patients of these clinics have documented proof of eligibility based on income and lack of prescription drug coverage and 2) the clinics can establish a clear audit trail for drug distribution from the receipt of drugs to dispensing to the individual patient. The issue of accountability and controls and procedures to limit the risk of diversion are the greatest concerns of pharmacy manufacturers regarding the donation of free medications.
Director of Lloyd Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg, VA, one of Rx
Partnership’s affiliate clinic partners, I see firsthand the impact that RxP
has not only on the network of 22 free clinics throughout the state, but also
on the individual patients receiving care at the clinics. Rx Partnership
allows the free clinics to better leverage their resources in order to spend
more time on the direct care of the patients. In so doing, Rx Partnership plays
a key role in helping uninsured Virginians receive the medications they need to
treat chronic conditions on a daily basis and stay healthy. The
prescription medications provided by RxP are invaluable. I am proud to be
a part of this organization that has a great impact throughout the state of
Karen Dulaney, Board Chair
RxP operates with the support and partnership of the Virginia state government, twenty-two Affiliate free clinics and community health centers, six pharmaceutical manufacturers, and numerous foundations and health safety net organizations working to access quality health care for the uninsured.
Rx Partnership's vision is to be recognized as one of the premier pharmaceutical assistance programs in the nation characterized by providing access to medications necessary for optimal health, function and quality of life.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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