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Syringa Pharmacy to open its doors April 1



— Local residents, especially those utilizing Syringa Hospital and Clinics, will now be able to have more convenient access to pharmacy needs.

The Syringa Clinic Pharmacy will open its doors (inside Grangeville’s Syringa Hospital and Clinics) officially April 1. The staff will begin working in the pharmacy March 7.

The open-door pharmacy is able to service anyone regardless of income or insurance status. However, the primary goal in opening this pharmacy was to meet the needs of the uninsured or under-insured in the community.

“The new pharmacy is separate from the existing in-patient pharmacy and is owned and managed by Cardinal Health,” explained Courtney Tobin, Cardinal Health manager of public relations, Dublin, Ohio.

A 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that allows specific categories of safety-net providers – including some hospitals, clinics and health centers – to procure outpatient prescription drugs at discounted prices. Drug prices under 340B are generally less than the cost of drugs paid by state Medicaid programs.

“The facility is meant to help improve access to medication by clinic patients,” Tobin explained. “By co-locating the pharmacy within the clinic, pharmacy and clinic interaction and collaboration will be improved and will help to ensure delivery of appropriate therapy. Where cost of the medication is an issue, the pharmacy and clinic can more quickly adjust therapies, if necessary.”

As a 340B-covered entity, the clinic is able to access many drugs at significantly reduced costs when dispensed to eligible patients. The pharmacy’s location in the clinic helps to ensure that the clinic is able to take advantage of this benefit, Tobin said. The result for the clinic is much needed additional revenue that can be used to expand services and better support the financially-disadvantaged population.

Cardinal Health is filling a pharmacist and technician role, and will expand staff as required by the volume. The pharmacist and technician are not being publicly announced yet, according to Cardinal.

The pharmacy will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, as a full-service retail pharmacy open to the public. It accepts all major third-party insurance plans and assists uninsured and under-insured.

Patients can enter refills and physicians can leave new prescriptions 24 hours a day through the phone system. Technology is built in to improve patient adherence and compliance through refill reminders and direct calls to patients when their prescriptions are ready to be picked up.

Call the pharmacy at 494-3050; fax 983-1915; or e-mail syringarx@cardinalhealth.com.



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