Program offers access to free, low-cost medication

If you or someone you know is having a difficult time purchasing prescription medications, Pharmacy Connect of Southwest Virginia may be able to help.

The program provides free or low-cost prescription medications to those who meet eligibility guidelines in Lee, Wise, Scott, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell and Russell counties and the City of Norton. Medication assistance caseworkers can help people of all ages by accessing Indigent Patient Assistance Programs of over 250 national pharmaceutical companies.

Local program partners include Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., Clinch River Health Services, Inc., Junction Center for Independent Living, LENOWISCO Health District, Stone Mountain Health Services, Inc., The Health Wagon, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Virginia Health Care Foundation. MEOC serves as administrator and fiscal agent for the partnership.

Medication assistance caseworkers are available at each partnership site to assist with applications and other necessary paperwork. Each pharmaceutical company has different eligibility guidelines. All medications may not be available. It is not unusual for a person to have several different prescriptions manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call MEOC at 276-523-4202 or 1-800-252-6362.