Need medication? No insurance? No money? What can you do?
The answer may be located right here in Blount County at Ascension/St. Vincent’s Blount. Called the Dispensary of Hope, the pharmacy located near the main entrance to the hospital, now offers a portal for many medications to be obtained directly from them. And, at NO cost!
Pharmacist Kristin Hamby explained to The Blount Countian how this resource is just one way the hospital is giving back to the community. With times being more challenging these days, many local residents do not have enough money to buy medications or have insurance to help with the cost. In some instances, people are going without life-saving medications simply because they cannot afford them.
Dispensary of Hope offers a wide range of medications, including insulin, at no cost. The pharmacy, however, does not dispense any controlled substances. To be eligible, a person must not have any insurance coverage, including Medicare and Medicaid, and their primary physician has to fill out a one-time referral form and send it to the pharmacy with the needed prescriptions.
Launched in early 2021, Dispensary of Hope has already helped numerous patients obtain needed medications, but they want to let others know of this valuable resource. Not only does it prevent people from having to travel outside the county, it also allows patients to obtain necessary medications immediately instead of waiting on the mail service to deliver them.
Unlike other pharmacies that can order medication as needed, Dispensary of Hope can get medication only on Tuesday of each week. Hamby encourages patients to have their primary care physician send prescriptions in as early as possible to prevent up to a weeklong delay for medications.
Patients and providers who have questions about this free service may phone Hamby at 205-274-3310. She does not want anyone going without necessary medications, and this is a great resource to help combat that issue.