Fruth Pharmacy Introduces 340B Program to Ironton-Lawrence Community Action Organization
Ironton, Ohio (April 9, 2013) – Lynne Fruth and other members of the Fruth Pharmacy staff joined the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization (ILCAO) during their quarterly staff meeting at Ohio University Southern on April 9th. The purpose of this visit was to introduce Fruth Pharmacy and the 340B program to staff and providers of the ILCAO.
D.R. Gossett, ILCAO Executive Director, opened the meeting by speaking about the successes of the ILCAO. “We have accomplished a lot in the last few years. We had a time in history where it seemed like we had a convergence of things that have helped us grow.”
Gossett went on to explain about upcoming hardships that the ILCAO may face in the current economic downturn, “What do we care about? We care about our patients and their quality of care. What do we need to do? Working as a team we are going to take care of the person on the phone, the person walking into the office. We have a lot of committed challenges. National politics will be focusing on us. Grant funds to the underinsured or non-insured patients are not going to grow. We are going to have to become more and more self-sustaining.”
Gossett then introduced Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman of Fruth Pharmacy to the group of healthcare workers, “Really excited to have Lynne Fruth here to talk about the 340B program. A huge component of our practice is to get medications to the people that need them the most. One of the beautiful things you’ll find about Fruth Pharmacy is it is a family business, but they are not exactly a small business. They have a skill and proficiency, confidence and compassion, to help us with our goals.”
After introducing Fruth Pharmacy and explaining Fruth’s values and company culture, Lynne Fruth went on to explain Fruth’s role in the 340B program.
“We are not new to the 340B program. We have been working with this program for about 7 years now. We currently work with a total of 25/26 individual programs. We got involved early on in the 340B program – it was difficult to understand and use – and not a lot of people wanted to do it. We, however, continue to see the benefits of this program for patients.”
“Let me give you a brief ‘Layman’s view’ of the 340B program. 340B is a federally funded program that was designed to provide help with medical care. The program is targeted to reach those persons that fall through the cracks, the underinsured or non-insured patient that doesn’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. This program is designed for working people – people working hard, in entry level positions trying their best to provide for themselves and their families. Because we are a 340B pharmacy, if these persons qualify for the 340B program and they bring their prescription to Fruth Pharmacy – they will get that prescription at a significantly discounted price.”
“We have had customers tell us that this program has saved them $200 a month – this is a significant savings to a struggling family – and often times helps the patient stay on their medication, due to its affordability.”
Fruth closed by stating, “We are excited to be in the Ironton community and thrilled that we are able to offer 340B services to patients in the Ironton area.”
ILCAO Providers were then led to a separate meeting, where Craig Kimble, Fruth Pharmacy’s Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services provided a more in-depth look at understanding the 340B Program.
If you are in need of low-cost affordable medications, please ask your pharmacist or health provider about the 340B Program.
The 340B program is currently available at Fruth Pharmacy, 1848 State Route 141, Ironton, OH and 259 State Street, Proctorville, OH. Fruth Pharmacy’s downtown Ironton location is in the process of adding the 340B program.
About Ironton-Lawrence Community Action Organization:
ILCAO’s mission is to provide high quality services to eligible residents, on a non-discriminatory basis, in a dignified manner that will promote family values. ILCAO has four Family Medical Centers in Chesapeake, Coal Grove, Ironton, and South Point. The Medical Centers and their services are supported by patient revenues and a grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care. The ILCAO’s Family Medical Centers has a sliding-fee payment scale for all people to get treatment no matter their financial situation.
About Fruth Pharmacy:
For over 60 years, Fruth Pharmacy has served customers in Ohio and West Virginia. Fruth offers a Prescription Savings Club, Loyalty Rewards Club, and Free Local Prescription Delivery. You can connect with Fruth Pharmacy at www.fruthpharmacy.com. Fruth can also be found on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and WordPress.