Community Health Center of the NRV introduces new pharmacy program

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The Community Health Center of the New River Valley (CHC) in Christiansburg has become the first federally-qualified health care center in Virginia to partner with Richmond-based Rx Partnership (RxP) to provide affordable generic medications to qualified, low-income, uninsured residents through RxP’s Access to Medication Program (AMP).

The AMP program reduces overall costs and creates efficiencies by centralizing pharmacy services at one location in Virginia and then shipping the medications directly to the CHC for patient pick-up. This process reduces patient transportation challenges and allows CHC staff to provide clinical education thus promoting medication adherence.

Currently, 34 medications are available through the program for such chronic illnesses as asthma, depression, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. Patients of the CHC can determine whether they qualify for AMP by discussing with the AMP Coordinator.

“We are excited about this new partnership with RxP. We know that many are faced with choosing between filling prescriptions or paying household expenses. This program will help with continuity of care and potentially cut-down on missed doses that can lead to worsening of chronic conditions,” says Michelle Brauns, CEO.

Rx Partnership is a Richmond-based non-profit whose mission is to increase medication access for vulnerable Virginians and strengthen the health safety net.

The Community Health Center of the New River Valley provides affordable and high quality medical, dental, behavioral, and preventative health care services to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. For more information about the Community Health Center’s services and programs in Christiansburg (381-0820), Dublin (585-1310), and Pearisburg (921-3502), call or visit our website at www.chcnrv.org.