GoodRx is a website and mobile app that compares drug prices to help Americans get the best deal on drugs, but this month they launched a philanthropic initiative that provides free drugs to low-income patients who need more than one. bargain.
In its first phase, GoodRx Help It has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to fully subsidize the cost of nearly 1,000 medications at 23 clinics in 16 states, including California, Texas, Florida, and New York.
To fund the initiative, following the company’s initial public offering, GoodRx has contributed more than 1 million shares, valued at more than $ 40 million (as of December 18).
The charity characterized its promise in a press release, calling it a multi-year commitment that is expected to provide more than $ 5 million worth of drugs in 2021, its first year.
“We know there are times when discounts are not enough,” said GoodRx co-founder Doug Hirsch. “With GoodRx Helps, we hope to help more patients who feel left out of options, especially in underserved communities that face disproportionately greater challenges when seeking affordable care.”
GoodRx, which launched in 2011, estimates that rising unemployment resulted in 56 million fewer prescriptions filled during the first six months of the pandemic.
How does it work
Medical providers simply enroll patients in the program and GoodRx ships the medication free of charge to the clinic for the patient to use. The clinics selected for the program primarily serve communities with low-income patients.
“Drug affordability is one of the top issues facing patients in free and charity clinics and pharmacies across the country,” said Nicole Lamoureux, president and CEO of the NAFC. “We are delighted that GoodRx recognizes this need and has chosen to partner with the NAFC on this important program to help patients receive the medications they need at no cost.”
GoodRx partnered with the NAFC due to the extensive knowledge and experience of the association in working with non-profit clinics and underserved patients.
A participating clinic in Katy, Texas is already praising the program.
“Additional financial assistance GoodRx helps it has brought into the lives of many of our patients it is incomparable, ”said Janeth Arteaga Castilleja, Medication Coordinator at Christ Clinic. “This program allows our patients to have one less thing to worry about when it comes to their medical care. GoodRx Helps has been a blessing amid the chaos. “
The charity says it hopes to add more locations soon. Watch the list of clinics involved, up to now.
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