|Board of health updates prescription drug protocol|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:31|
The board of health approved minor updates Thursday to policies outlining how health center clients can obtain lower-cost prescription drugs.
The Patient Assistance Program through the health district's Community Health and Wellness Center helps match clients with discount drug programs available through manufacturers that base assistance on financial need.
Katherine Barricklow, family nurse practitioner, said 304 are currently enrolled in the program, which has led to orders for more than $459,000 in lower-cost drugs in the last year.
Director of Nursing Ben Batey estimated that many more people in Wood County would be eligible for the program but may not know they could receive assistance.
Only health center clients may have the drugs ordered for them, but Barricklow said anyone with their own primary-care physician can be pointed to programs they may be eligible for by contacting the health district or visiting www.needymeds.org
That website, she said, is user-friendly and allows people to look up their medication to determine its manufacturer.
After that, it's simply a matter of going through that company to apply for assistance in paying for the drug.
The only other action item before the board Thursday was minor appropriation adjustments.
Another item to accept the resignation of the health district's epidemiologist was removed because the employee reconsidered and decided to stay in Wood County rather than take another job, said Health Commissioner Pam Butler.
During a personnel session that preceded the regular meeting, several board members and Butler discussed ongoing efforts to find a replacement for the director of administration following the firing last month of Bill Ault.
Butler indicated she would review the position description from before Ault joined the health district to determine whether the vacancy could be filled by a fiscal officer with auditing experience who would work part time with no supervisory duties.
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