Key Moments in the History of RxP:
September 2012: Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic becomes RxP's 23rd Affiliate, bringing donated RxP medication to low-income, uninsured residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
April 2012: Mountain Care Center becomes RxP's newest Affiliate, bringing donated RxP medication to low-income, uninsured residents of Buchanan County in Southwest Virginia.
August 2011: AstraZeneca becomes the seventh pharmaceutical partner to join RxP's program connecting uninsured individuals in Virginia to donated medication in bulk.
July 2011: Western Tidewater Free Clinic and The Community Free Clinic of Newport News become RxP's 21st and 22nd Affiliates, bringing donated RxP medications to low-income uninsured residents of in the Hampton Roads region.
March 2010: RxP becomes a rotation site for 4th year pharmacy students from Virginia Commonwealth University and hosts two student interns who complete projects on the role Pharmacists play in providing high quality health care for the uninsured. RxP reaches $50 million in donated medication delivered to Virginia's uninsured.
May 2009: Sanofi-aventis U.S. becomes RxP's sixth pharmaceutical partner, providing much-needed insulin as well as prescription medications for arthritis and the treatment of allergies.
December 2008: Ferrum Community Health Center joins as an affiliate, donating free medication to uninsured patients in Ferrum, Virginia.
October 2008: RxP enters into a unique partnership with Impact Makers, a Richmond-based Information Technology and Management Consulting firm, which donates its “profits” to RxP and provides free consulting services.
July 2008: Rx Partnership recognized as one of 10 Merit Finalists for the 2008 national Mutual of America Community Partnership Award. This annual award honors the contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society.
May 2008: Alcon Laboratories, Inc. joins RxP donating a comprehensive list of pharmaceuticals for the eye and ear.
February 2008: RxP receives landmark positive Opinion from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), officially approving RxP’s innovative model and the donation of free bulk medication to free clinics and community health centers through RxP’s program.
December 2007: RxP reaches $15 million mark in retail value of free medications distributed.
November 2007: RxP awarded the first runner-up prize (out of 343 applicants) for the national 2007 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. RxP also begins work on the development of an internet-based, customized database to streamline the reporting and ordering process.
November 2006: At MSVF Gala event, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine announces that Abbott joins RxP as newest manufacturing partner.
January 2006: Novartis Pharmaceuticals joins RxP as third pharmaceutical manufacturer to donate free bulk medications. RxP reaches $5 million mark in free medications distributed.
November 2005: RxP receives Award of Excellence by Carilion Foundation for outstanding service to Carilion area clinics.
April 2005: Merck & Co. joins RxP. First annual Affiliates Roundtable held in Charlottesville. Program and product audits of Affiliates begin.
January 2005: General Assembly approves GF allocation for RxP for the next biennium.
October 2004: GlaxoSmithKline joins RxP as the first pharmaceutical manufacturing company to donate bulk medications. A press conference held at State Capitol.
August 2003: the Rx Drug Access Partnership (known as Rx Partnership) is incorporated as a nonprofit organization to serve as a broker agency between pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care organizations.
January 2003: The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation (MSVF), the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), and other partners jointly facilitate the creation of RxP. The General Assembly of Virginia, at the recommendation of its Joint Commission on Health Care, gives two year General Fund (GF) appropriation to RxP.
History of Rx Partnership
In November, 2002, a group of concerned individuals representing health safety net providers in Virginia gathered to address medication access issues. As they knew, more than one in four uninsured Virginians (27%) goes without needed medication because they cannot afford to pay for their prescriptions.
The group researched existing options and developed a new, innovative and cost-effective program that built on Virginia’s existing network of Free Clinics and Community Health Centers in order to secure access to free medication for Virginia’s uninsured of all ages. The program they created was built around the concept of a “broker” model where an independent third party is created to serve as a broker between pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care organizations; streamlining the process to get more medications to uninsured Virginians. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many partners since 2002, the unique organization they created – Rx Partnership (RxP) – has flourished and helped improve the lives of thousands of Virginians.
- More than 378,000 prescriptions (valued at over $75 million) for more than 47,500 unduplicated patients have been filled.
- For every $1 donated to RxP in 2010, $35.09 dollars worth of
free prescription medication was received by our partner free
clinics and community health centers.
- A total of 23 free clinics and community health centers are
receiving medicines in bulk for their patients through RxP.
- Most importantly, patients get immediate access to their
prescriptions because there is no waiting period for RxP
- RxP currently offers treatment options for more than 20 disease
states including hypertension, asthma, Parkinson’s disease,
Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high cholesterol and depression
through the generosity of our pharmaceutical partners.