The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy provides clinical support to both Capital Park and Whitehall Family Health Centers. OSU clinical faculty precept both junior and senior students at the health centers. The clinical faculty answer drug information questions from the physicians and nurses, provide Coumadin monitoring, diabetes education, smoking cessation education and general patient medication education, and help physicians identify the most cost effective medications for patients.
340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program allows Federally Qualified Health Centers, such as Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers, and other safety net health care providers to purchase prescription medication at significantly reduced prices. The 340B Drug Discount Program is managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA). Participation in the Program results in significant savings estimated to be 20% to 50% on the cost of pharmaceuticals for safety-net providers. The purpose of the 340B Program is to enable these entities to stretch scarce federal resources, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services. Both of our sites currently have in place a 340B drug program with Kroger, a point-of-sale contract pharmacy that has 340B experience.