In an effort to help curb the high costs of medications that so many people are facing in Texas, Rx Outreach has announced a donation of $250,000 worth of free prescription medicine for Texas residents who attend the one-day free health C.A.R.E. Clinic on Saturday, April 9, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
"Day after day across Texas, doctors such as myself hear stories from people who can't afford the cost of their medication," Dr. Bobby Kapur, vice chairman of the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics and Texas medical director for the Dallas health event, said. "These people are cutting their pills in half, or even skipping dosages to stretch out their prescriptions longer because they can't afford to refill them. As a volunteer medical provider and as a Texan, it breaks my heart to see citizens of this great state have to make the hard choice between putting food on the table and having access to medication and health care they so desperately need. This is why I am so grateful for the generous medication donation from Rx Outreach and why I continue to volunteer at events like the one being held Saturday. I hope all of those who need access to medicine schedule their appointments right away."
Individuals are encouraged to register for this health event by calling 1-800-340-1301 to secure an appointment time. Parking will be free. In addition to these three months of medications, people will be able to have their blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure checked, get vision screenings, have doctor exams, receive referrals for mammograms and colon cancer screening, and receive health education.
"Everyone deserves access to affordable medications," Darryl Munden, president of Rx Outreach, said. "If individuals cannot afford the price of their medications, they are just going to stop taking them and the negative impact is astounding. With the rising cost of medication and the challenges individuals face in Texas every day, we at Rx Outreach remain committed to making medication affordable. We are excited to partner with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (TXACC) on April 9 in Dallas to help people get access to the medication they need for free and to help build a healthier Texas."
Both medical and non-medical volunteers are encouraged to register for the Dallas C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic. Information and volunteer registration is available online at: www.2016DallasCARE.com. The C.A.R.E. Clinics are paid for through sponsorships and individual donations. The NAFC is encouraging donations to help make this and future C.A.R.E. Clinics possible; donations can be made at: www.nafcclinics.org.
About the NAFC:
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The organization believes that access to health care should be a right, not a privilege, and it values volunteerism, community ownership, service and collaboration.
About Rx Outreach, Inc.:
Rx Outreach's purpose is to create healthier communities by providing affordable medications and health education for people in need, because no one should ever have to choose between feeding their family and buying medicine. Rx Outreach is an independent, nonprofit, fully licensed pharmacy that provides affordable medications and client education to people who are battling both poverty and chronic disease. Through the Rx Outreach Program, low-income, uninsured patients have access to more than 400 prescription medications through a mail-order pharmacy.
About the TXACC:
The Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (TXACC) is a statewide nonprofit that supports the work of charitable clinics in Texas. By providing resources, education, training and advocacy, TXACC services are a critical part of assuring the availability of high-quality health care services for the uninsured in Texas. Visit www.txcharitableclinics.org to learn more.