Pharmacy Access Program
Contact: Stevi Riel - 231-672-3201

The Health Project's Pharmacy Access Program (PAP) began in July 2007 under an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer grant from the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency with the Health Project’s Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. Within the first year of operation the program generated medications for the community valued at $2.4 million. Since then, the PAP has served over 2,500 patients by facilitating enrollment in pharmaceutical manufacturer program for over 5,000 prescriptions, valued at over $5.6 million.

The PAP services have expanded in recent years through the addition of several new service areas, including;

PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ENROLLMENT - MCHP assists with pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance program applications for long term assistance with prescribed medication.

Patient Assistance Program Enrollment - July 2010 to June 2011
       1,048 patients served
       2,270 prescriptions accessed
       $1,817,600 Retail Value

INTERIM MEDICATION FUND - Which allows the Health Project to assist individuals with immediate access to medications for front-end expenses while waiting for PAP enrollment, assistance with co pays and diabetes testing supplies.

       Interim Medication Fund - July 2010 to June 2011
       675 patients served
       1,452 prescriptions purchased
       $52,235 spent on medications

LOW INCOME PHARMACY CARES (LIPC) - Which provides continued assistance with chronic disease medications at minimal cost.

HOSPITAL DISCHARGE MEDICATION ACCESS - To help minimize the risk of readmission for medication adherence issues.

DRUG REPLACEMENT / BULK SHIPMENT - The Health Project's Pharmaceutical Access Program was approved as an additional Trinity Health site for the Eli-Lilly Bulk Shipment program. Bulk Shipment programs are offered by some pharmaceutical manufacturers and differ from typical patient assistance programs. Rather than serving the client on an individual basis, they provide product in bulk for facilities that serve indigent and uninsured patients, such as health centers and community pharmacies. This program will allow the Mercy Health Partners retail pharmacies to dispense high volume prescriptions such as Humalog insulin, Cymbalta and Prozac to Pharmaceutical Access Program patients without waiting for paperwork to be signed and processed. The goal is to have this program in place by the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year.

by: Muskegon Community Health Project