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Health System in D.C. Offers Access to Free Medications

The Providence Health System now offers eligible patients access to free medications through the Dispensary of Hope program.

The agreement between Providence’s pharmacy and the Dispensary of Hope marks the first Dispensary of Hope site in D.C.

Ascension’s Dispensary of Hope distributes donated medications nationwide to pharmacies and safety-net clinics serving uninsured, low-income and chronically ill persons.

“A person’s lack of access to affordable medication is stressful and can lead to worsening health, as well as avoidable hospital readmissions and emergency room use,” said Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, Providence president/CEO and Ascension chief community impact officer. “Our Community Charity Pharmacy stocked by Dispensary of Hope will play an integral part in making a positive impact for D.C. residents by improving access to prescription medications they may rely on each day and is another part of our transformation of Providence to better meet the needs of the community.”

The Dispensary of Hope will operate in the Wellington Apothecary located through the main entrance of the Providence campus.

“Dispensary of Hope is thrilled to serve our uninsured, low-income friends, family and neighbors in the nation’s capital,” said Christopher Palombo, Dispensary of Hope CEO. “This charity pharmacy dispensing location is made possible through the generosity of Ascension, and by the continued and massive generosity of the generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, who provide all Dispensary of Hope medication 100 percent free to serve the national community.”

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