CHRISTUS “Incarnate Word” Pharmacy Saves Patients Money and Makes Medicines Affordable

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – Buying drugs can be extremely costly, and staying compliant with drugs such as insulin, high blood pressure, and other drugs that need to be taken on a daily basis can be a challenge.

A pharmacy in Alexandria makes it easier for people to keep track of their prescriptions, whether they have insurance or not.

Dozens of drugs can be found at the CHRISTUS Community Clinic, “Incarnate Word,” on MacArthur Drive.

“As a pharmacy, we get drugs at a very discounted rate so that we can pass the savings on to the needy population or people who can’t afford prescriptions in places like Wal-Mart or Walgreens. “

Pharmacy 340B is the only pharmacy of its kind in Alexandria and can save people thousands of dollars on prescription drugs.

“For example, like Lantis, it is a very popular insulin drug. We can offer that to a patient for $ 15, whereas if you go to Wal-Mart it can cost $ 300 or $ 400, and often our spot prices are less than people’s insurance copayments, ” Freeman said.

The pharmacy, which fills between 200 and 300 medications per day, is able to serve patients discharged from CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, a CHRISTUS Community Clinic or others who meet the specifications of the 340B program.

All you have to do is log into the system by connecting with a primary care physician at a CHRISTUS community clinic to take advantage of the savings.

“You just need to come in, establish yourself with a primary care doctor, then use us as a pharmacy, we can save you a lot of money, hundreds of dollars compared to a retail chain,” Freeman said.

The pharmacy takes almost all commercial insurance, Medicaid, and even those who have no insurance at all. They will also work with each patient to provide them with the lowest possible cost.

“We’re going to make it work with insurance and we’re going to do it with money, and we’re going to do whatever is best for the patient,” Freeman said.

A patient advocate can also help patients save money on specialty drugs.

“If a patient is given a specific medicine, our Patient Advocate can get information about their income and he can fill out a sheet of paper. Then they can get these drugs at a really low cost, which goes straight to our pharmacy for that specific patient, ”Freeman said.

The clinic can also offer patients free care so that they can get the service and medication they need virtually free of charge.

“If someone’s income is a big issue in their life, they can come here and the clinic can give them free care, so that doesn’t even include us,” Freeman said.

To find out more about the pharmacy and for interested patients you can call 318-483-7337 to connect directly to the pharmacy. “Incarnate Word” is open Monday to Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cabrini is also working on the opening of a second pharmacy which is expected to open in 2022.

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