The Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center has launched a drug deposit program for orally administered drugs used in cancer treatment and side effect management for patients who are experiencing financial hardship.
Prescriptions processed through the drug depot program will be provided to the patient free of charge, according to a press release from the Cleveland Clinic.
“Many cancer patients face emotional and financial challenges,” Katherine Matthews, a pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Mansfield, said in the statement. “Providing free cancer drugs to eligible Cleveland Clinic patients is a meaningful way to reduce barriers to care and support our patients throughout their treatment.”
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy authorizes donation programs for oral prescription drugs that treat cancer, its complications, and side effects of treatment.
The Cleveland Clinic program receives drug donations from patients and distributes them to Cleveland Clinic patients who are Ohio residents and meet the eligibility criteria, according to the release.
A patient needs assessment determines eligibility, according to the statement.
“Access to potentially life-saving drugs is a critical part of our patients’ cancer treatment journey,” said Jame Abraham, MD, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, in the release. . “This initiative from our pharmacy department will help meet that need.”
Outpatient pharmacies at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center sites in Mansfield and Sandusky, as well as the Taussig Cancer Center on the main campus in Cleveland, will accept drug donations during regular business hours, according to the statement.
Potential donors must complete a form that details donor information and drug eligibility.
For more information, contact one of the participating Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center pharmacies: Mansfield, 419-774-3121; Sandusky, 419-609-2845; and Cleveland, 216-445-2124.