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Providing Access to Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies for the Underserved Population

Access to pharmaceuticals and related medical supplies is a challenge for the uninsured and underinsured populations. Safety net providers serve as an important resource for medicine and medical supplies needed by this underserved population. This section provides how- to guides, case studies and links to resources about how safety net facilities can increase access to free and low-cost medications and healthcare supplies.

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How-to Guides


  • Development of Pharmacy Services in a Free Clinic Setting presented by Kristin Stevens, MS, CBCI, ABCP 

    By the end of this presentation you should be able to: 1. Describe the need for clinical and administrative pharmacy services in free and charitable clinic settings 2. Describe the development, implementation, and potential benedits of a clinical pharmacy services program addressing the chronic disease management needs of a low-income, under- and uninsured patient population at a local free clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina. 3. Explore methods to incorporate similar models into one’s own practice.


Case Studies