Pharmacy Program to Begin at SCK Clinic
March 22, 2017
A prescription discount program which could offer significant out of pocket savings to some has been approved for implementation at South Central Kansas Clinic. The Federal program is called 340B, and has been in place since 2015 at the hospital.
Arkansas City, KS – A prescription discount program which could offer significant out of pocket savings to some has been approved for implementation at South Central Kansas Clinic. The Federal program is called 340B, and has been in place since 2015 at the hospital.
“Starting April 1st, the discount program becomes available to everybody in the community that uses our downtown clinic. Prescriptions that the patient is prescribed by a provider at that clinic will be able to be filled at a participating pharmacy for lower costs then they currently get,” said Holly Harper, SCKMC’s Chief Financial Officer.
The discount will vary depending on the specific medication prescribed, and not all drugs qualify for the program.
“In the 340B program there are certain drugs they try to offer at a discount to patients. Some of the drugs are already at a discount, so you may only get a dollar or two off, but you still get the benefit from those savings. There are some diseases out there that have high cost drugs and are included in that program,” Harper said.
Many of the drugs available through the discount program are used in the treatment of common conditions or diseases.
“One of the drugs that I look at specifically, because it affects a lot of our population, is the diabetic drugs. Not all of them, but some of them are on the list and could save our diabetics quite a bit of money on their monthly supplies,” Harper said.
The clinic 340B program is open to any patient of South Central Kansas Clinic, regardless of which provider the patient sees.
“On April 1st, we will start accumulating data of the prescriptions. That data will roll into the 340B program, and we will start printing (prescription discount) cards. Patients can request those cards after they have been seen and have accumulative prescriptions from the physician. You can’t participate if you don’t have any prescriptions ordered by a physician,” Harper said.
To date, Taylor Drug and the Ark City Wal-Mart location are participating pharmacies. However, the hospital is working to partner with additional pharmacies to expand the program.
For more information about South Central Kansas Clinic, located at 515 N. Summit in Ark City, or the 340B program call (620) 442--4850.