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Yale New Haven Health pharmacies provide access to free prescriptions

The Pharmacy team at the Yale New Haven Health Pharmacy at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

New Haven, CT (June 13, 2024) – Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) has partnered with Dispensary of Hope to provide access to free prescriptions for patients with limited incomes.

Yale New Haven Health Pharmacy North Haven Medical Center, and Yale New Haven Health Pharmacy at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital are Dispensary of Hope partners. The retail pharmacy at Bridgeport Hospital will also become a partner when its on-site pharmacy opens later this year.

Dispensary of Hope partner pharmacies provide free medication to low income, uninsured Americans. The Dispensary of Hope delivers critical medicine – free of cost – to the people who need it the most but cannot afford it. They are a charitable medication distributor dedicated to providing pharmacies and safety-net clinics with reliable access to vital medication – generously donated by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

"When people are forced to make difficult choices, such as paying for rent, putting food on the table, or acquiring life-saving medications they need, it is their health that frequently takes a back seat," said Debbie A. Chisolm BS, Pharm.D., associate director, Retail & Specialty Pharmacy Services, YNHHS. "By partnering with Dispensary of Hope we can make a significant and positive impact on the lives of patients in need. It reflects our commitment to improving access to healthcare services and promoting a healthier community."

To be eligible, patients must be uninsured and have income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a single person, 300% of the federal poverty level means annual income of $40,770. Qualifying patients must also have a prescription to get the medicines.

Available medications include drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stomach ulcers, diabetes and more.

Dispensary of Hope was started in Nashville, TN in 2003 by a doctor who worked with the local medical community to donate unused drug samples to free clinics and pharmacies. It now receives donated medications directly from manufacturers and distributors and distributes them at more than 200 sites nationwide.

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut, is recognized for advanced clinical care, quality, service, cost effectiveness and commitment to improving the health status of the communities it serves. YNHHS includes five hospitals – Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, several specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with several hundred community-based and hospital-employed physicians. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale University and Yale Medicine, the clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine and the largest academic multi-specialty practice in New England. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Yale School of Medicine.

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit, 308-bed general and acute care hospital providing patient care to medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric and obstetrical patients in southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island since 1912. Lawrence + Memorial offers cardiac acute, step-down and rehabilitation programs and is the only eastern Connecticut hospital that performs emergency and elective angioplasty.