Mission: Rx Partnership’s (RxP) mission is to increase access to medication for Virginia’s vulnerable populations and serve as a resource to the organizations that support these populations.
Community Need: There is an increasing need for affordable healthcare and prescription medication for uninsured patients. Over 10% of Virginians under the age of 65 are without medical insurance, equaling approximately 747,000 individuals. In Staunton, 11.4% of residents are uninsured; 12.5% in Waynesboro; and 11.5% in Augusta County. Many of these uninsured individuals live with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, hypertension, asthma, depression, and anxiety). They often require multiple medications to manage their conditions, yet they cannot afford to purchase medications from a local pharmacy. As many as 37% of patients taking four or more medications report that it is difficult to afford their prescriptions. Patients who cannot afford their medication are unable to consistently adhere to a prescribed treatment regimen (or may go without their medications entirely). Not adhering to a treatment regimen causes a decline in patient health and increases the risk of emergency hospitalization.
If clinics did not have access to free brand medication through RxP, they would likely be paying for medication or using staff time to request PAP medications which pulls resources away from direct patient care and limits free clinics’ service capacity. Ultimately, this process costs the healthcare system and communities much more than consistent medication access and preventative care would. RxP addresses these issues and supports clinic by providing affordable, efficient, and consistent access to medications.
Constituents Served: RxP coordinates medication access for uninsured patients with a household income at 250% FPL. Locally, RxP works to support patients of Augusta Regional Free Clinic (ARFC) living in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta County. RxP provides medication for uninsured patients at ARFC who have a household income at or below 250% of the FPL. In 2017, RxP provided 350 patients at ARFC with access to 1,497 prescriptions with a retail value of $648,596. The patient profile at a free clinic in Virginia is 58% female; 52% of all patients are between the ages of 45-64. Patients receiving RxP medications typically have one or more chronic conditions requiring between 2-6 medications per patient and cannot afford to pay cash prices for prescriptions from local pharmacies.
Primary Activities: Rx Partnership improves the health and quality of life of low-income, uninsured individuals across the Virginia by increasing their access to brand-name and generic medication. RxP was the first organization in the U.S. to develop and implement a broker model for medication distribution to free clinics, providing patients with fast, efficient and low-cost access to their vitally needed prescriptions.
Through their Core Pharmaceutical Services program, RxP solicits bulk donations of brand-name medication from their five major pharmaceutical partners. Then they coordinate the distribution to 20 partnering Affiliate Free Clinics with on-site licensed pharmacies, including ARFC. Since their founding, they have provided more than 75,000 low-income and uninsured patients throughout Virginia with over 701,000 prescriptions valued at approximately $175 million.
Amount Requested: $5,000
Operating Budget: $443,896