Richmond, Va. – Rx Partnership, a public/private partnership established to increase access to medication for Virginians in need, has expanded its Access to Medication Program to provide critical generic medications for free to patients at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic in Marion, Virginia. The program is funded in part by a $25,000 Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grant.
AMP builds on Rx Partnership’s mission to help vulnerable Virginians get better access to life-saving medications that treat chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension.
“Rx Partnership created AMP to alleviate the financial burden that generic medications can create for both clinics and patients,” said Amy Yarcich, executive director of Rx Partnership. “With Dominion Energy’s assistance, we can be sure a patient is actually getting the medication they need to manage their chronic condition – something that results in better health outcomes for the patient and ensures the physician’s time can be focused on working with a patient on next steps for care.”
To date, the organization has helped more than 72,000 low-income, uninsured patients receive more than 700,000 free prescriptions at a retail value of $177 million.
“We are so pleased to help Rx Partnership do more of what it does best: provide life-saving medicines to improve the lives of people across Virginia,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
The Mel Leaman Free Clinic serves patients in Smyth, Grayson and Washington counties in Southwest Virginia. AMP already is available in Williamsburg and Fredericksburg and plans to partner with other clinics statewide.
About Rx Partnership
Founded in 2003, Rx Partnership is an innovative public-private partnership created to increase access to free prescription medications for Virginia’s vulnerable populations by obtaining donated medication in bulk from pharmaceutical companies and arranging for distribution directly to nonprofit, licensed affiliate pharmacies that it credentials and monitors. For more information, visit www.RxPartnership.org.
About Mel Leaman Free Clinic
The Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry College (MLFC) is a non-profit primary care medical clinic with a mission to enhance community well-being by providing free, compassionate, comprehensive, and high-quality health care services to the underserved of Smyth, Grayson, and Washington counties. In addition to primary care, the MLFC offers dental hygiene, women’s health, behavioral health, physical and occupation rehabilitation, and medication assistance services. During 2016, the MLFC cared for 660 unique patients through 2,726 patient visits. For more information, visit http://melleamanfreeclinic.org.
About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.DominionEnergy.com.