Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Access to Prescription Drugs Expanded for Safety-Net Patients. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Access to Prescription Drugs Expanded for Safety-Net Patients. (Recent Health Care Developments)

Article excerpt

A new HHS initiative will help community health centers and other safety-net providers to develop new ways to expand their ability to buy drugs and improve access to prescription drugs for patients.

Through demonstration projects, the new initiative will allow organizations that participate in the 340B drug discount program to take actions to reduce administrative costs and make buying drugs easier for patients. Entities approved for the demonstrations will be able to: participate in single purchasing and dispensing systems that serve covered entity networks; contract with multiple pharmacy services providers; and use contracted pharmacy services to supplement in-house pharmacy services.

By being able to undertake these activities, community health center networks and other covered entities will improve their economies of scale, allowing individual centers to purchase more drugs without increasing total expenditures. Contracting with multiple pharmacy service providers and supplementing in-house pharmacy services will improve patients' access to prescription drugs by increasing the number of pharmacy sites where these drugs can be obtained. …

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