Dispensary Organization Makes No-Cost Meds Available to Low-Income Patients

The Dispensary of Hope (DoH), a 501(c)3 charity, is looking for networking partners and is reaching out to rural advocacy organizations to help get the word out about the availability of prescription medications provided at no cost to the poor and insured. DoH is a licensed medication distributor that recovers donated surplus medication from physician offices, hospital pharmacies, manufacturers and other licensed healthcare providers. It inventories and tracks the medications in its Nashville-based center before distributing them through a national network of licensed nonprofit clinics and outpatient charitable pharmacies. The medications are offered to patients who are uninsured and are under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Annually, DoH moves about $18 million worth of medications. DoH is operated by Saint Thomas Health, an affiliate of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit and largest Catholic Health System.

Currently, DoH is Board of Pharmacy-approved to send medication to clinics and pharmacies in 32 states. (For a current list of DoH dispensary states/sites, click here).
DoH is funded by foundations and grants, and through subscription fees from members of its network. The in-network subscription fee for unlimited amounts of medications is $7,500 a year. In 2012, in-network clinics received an average of $102,000 worth of medications, according to Anita Stanford, Director of DoH Site Network Development. In addition, DoH offers a free, non-subscription program for reduced-price diabetic supplies including meters, strips, and other control solutions. Stanford is available to speak at conferences, and can supply articles and materials on DoH to any interested organizations. For more information, she can be reached at 888-428-HOPE or anita.stanford@dispensaryofhope.org.

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