AxessPointe Community Health Centers Inc. is opening a third pharmacy in the Akron area.

The new pharmacy will be on the first floor of its downtown Akron clinic at 676 S. Broadway St. The first day of operation will be Wednesday.

AxessPointe is a federally supported community health center with area locations, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. The nonprofit delivers primary medical, dental and preventative health services in medically underserved areas. It also provides pharmacy, women’s health and behavioral health services.

The new Akron pharmacy joins two other locations: 1400 S. Arlington St., Suite 38, in Akron, and 309 Robinson Ave., Suite E, in Barberton.

“Integrating the pharmacy services with the medical services helps our patients achieve better outcomes,” said Dr. Magdi Awad, director of pharmacy at AxessPointe. “Our pharmacists work with the medical providers to ensure that every patient is on the most appropriate, effective, safe and convenient medications for their medical conditions.”

The AxessPointe Pharmacy utilizes the 340B program, which is a federal program that allows discounted medications to be offered to eligible patients. Those who have prescription insurance coverage pay the same price as usual, but their purchase will contribute to the 340B program to help patients without health insurance.

Medication therapy management is another service provided by the pharmacy. The service helps patients with chronic illnesses, or patients using multiple medications, by ensuring they are using correct medications that are the safest, most cost-effective and most convenient options. Other services offered include select medications that cost $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, automated refills, discounted diabetic supplies and over-the-counter medications, vaccinations, Medicare Part D assistance and medication delivery.

“Our goal is to make sure that costs never become a barrier for our patients,” AxessPointe CEO Chris Richardson said. “We do our very best to make all of our services easily accessible to patients to ensure they receive the best care, and best health outcomes, possible.”

 

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