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New License Brings Greater Opportunity for
West Virginia Rx

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Rx, a non-profit organization that provides donated brand-name medications to West Virginians who lack prescription drug coverage, has received the first charitable mail-order pharmacy license in West Virginia.

Receiving the license gives West Virginia Rx the opportunity to expand its services to West Virginians in need. The license is a result of Senate Bill 722, passed in 2008, which requires all charitable pharmacies in the state to be licensed by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

"As a licensed, charitable, mail order pharmacy, West Virginia Rx will be able to attract more pharmaceutical manufacturers, which enables us to expand the list of medications we can offer on an immediate fill basis," Brenda Dane, Executive Director of West Virginia Rx, said. "Licensure gives us the ability to partner with additional pharmaceutical companies that require a license for bulk replenishment. The ultimate goal is to be able to fill prescriptions for medications as quickly as possible through a direct order to West Virginia Rx, versus an individual having to apply for assistance from each individual company, a process that can take several weeks."

In addition to expanding its list of available drugs, West Virginia Rx will implement e-prescribing. Electronically sending and receiving prescriptions means a faster and more efficient way to get medications dispensed to West Virginian Rx members.

Gov. Manchin started West Virginia Rx in 2008. In its second year, the program has been growing rapidly, adding several hundred new participants each month and expanding its list of available medications.

"Oversight by the Board of Pharmacy provides an extra layer of protection and safety for West Virginians," Dane said. "People who ask for help should be afforded the same protections as any other population. We are following the regulations set by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and will be able to continue offering help to the 225,000 West Virginians who need our services."

To request applications or information about West Virginia Rx, call the toll-free number, 1-877-388-WVRX (9879) or send an email to wvrxinfo@wvrx.org. Applications and information are also available on the program’s Web site: www.wvrx.org.

West Virginia Rx is made possible by the support of donated medications from several pharmaceutical manufacturers including: Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; Alcon Laboratories, Inc.; Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; King Pharmaceuticals; Eli Lilly & Company; Merck & Company, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Sanofi-aventis.

Founding funders for West Virginia Rx include: the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Heinz Family Philanthropies; the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation; the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office; the Rite Aid Foundation; Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC; Chesapeake Energy Corporation; and CVS Foundation. West Virginia Rx. Prescriptions for West Virginians.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Rx, a non-profit organization that provides donated brand-name medications to West Virginians who lack prescription drug coverage, has received the first charitable mail-order pharmacy license in West Virginia.

Receiving the license gives West Virginia Rx the opportunity to expand its services to West Virginians in need. The license is a result of Senate Bill 722, passed in 2008, which requires all charitable pharmacies in the state to be licensed by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

"As a licensed, charitable, mail order pharmacy, West Virginia Rx will be able to attract more pharmaceutical manufacturers, which enables us to expand the list of medications we can offer on an immediate fill basis," Brenda Dane, Executive Director of West Virginia Rx, said. "Licensure gives us the ability to partner with additional pharmaceutical companies that require a license for bulk replenishment. The ultimate goal is to be able to fill prescriptions for medications as quickly as possible through a direct order to West Virginia Rx, versus an individual having to apply for assistance from each individual company, a process that can take several weeks."

In addition to expanding its list of available drugs, West Virginia Rx will implement e-prescribing. Electronically sending and receiving prescriptions means a faster and more efficient way to get medications dispensed to West Virginian Rx members.

Gov. Manchin started West Virginia Rx in 2008. In its second year, the program has been growing rapidly, adding several hundred new participants each month and expanding its list of available medications.

"Oversight by the Board of Pharmacy provides an extra layer of protection and safety for West Virginians," Dane said. "People who ask for help should be afforded the same protections as any other population. We are following the regulations set by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and will be able to continue offering help to the 225,000 West Virginians who need our services."

To request applications or information about West Virginia Rx, call the toll-free number, 1-877-388-WVRX (9879) or send an email to wvrxinfo@wvrx.org. Applications and information are also available on the program’s Web site: www.wvrx.org.

West Virginia Rx is made possible by the support of donated medications from several pharmaceutical manufacturers including: Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; Alcon Laboratories, Inc.; Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; King Pharmaceuticals; Eli Lilly & Company; Merck & Company, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Sanofi-aventis.

Founding funders for West Virginia Rx include: the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Heinz Family Philanthropies; the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation; the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office; the Rite Aid Foundation; Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC; Chesapeake Energy Corporation; and CVS Foundation. West Virginia Rx. Prescriptions for West Virginians.

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