FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2010

Contact:  Michael Rubin
(202) 898-0995

 

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems and SUNRx Launch
340B Program to Provide Affordable Medications for Area Families

 

Bensalem, PA and Saltville, Va. Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) today announced a partnership with healthcare technology company SUNRx to provide discounted prescription drugs to patients of seven health center locations throughout the region.

 

“Our area has been hit hard by the recession.  Too many people have lost their health insurance and struggle to afford their medications,” said SVCHS Clinical Director Jill Talbert.  “Too often, our neighbors are forced to make a choice between medicine and paying for food, formula or heat for their homes.  No one should have to make that choice, and we hope that this program will help ease the burden for families in our community.”

 

SVCHS is a group of non-profit community healthcare centers that includes the Migrant Health Network, the Integrative Behavioral Healthcare Program and the Southwest Virginia Regional Dental Center.  SVCHS provides comprehensive primary care and other preventative health services, and serves area residents during 57,000 visits each year.

 

In April, SVCHS and SUNRx began offering prescription discounts to both insured and uninsured patients through the federal government’s 340B program.  Created to expand access to affordable medications, the 340B programs provides medications discounted up to 60% below retail prices through qualified community health centers and hospitals.  Despite the need, many community health centers have limited 340B programs – or none at all – due to the program’s complexity.  SUNRx’s fully automated solution helps health centers like SVCHS manage 340B programs, reduce paperwork and provide more effective patient care.

 

SVCHS patients are not unlike those nationwide who struggle to afford medications.  According to a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation, more than a quarter of Americans said they have not filled a prescription because of the expense.  Nearly one in five said they cut pills in half or skipped doses in an attempt to save money. 

 

“We are proud to partner with a vital healthcare safety net provider like SVCHS to help make medications more affordable for families in southwest Virginia,” said SUNRx CEO Tim Liebmann.  “By making the 340B program easy to administer and simple to use, we are working hard to ensure that the community sees benefits from this partnership for years to come.”

 
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About SUNRx
 

SUNRx, LLC. provides automated solutions that enable healthcare safety net organizations to implement and manage drug discount programs, save money, generate revenue, and expand access to affordable medications.  Based in Bensalem, PA, SUNRx is an independent company, dedicated exclusively to community health organizations and their patients.  For more information, please contact SUNRx at 800-220-340B, or visit www.340Bsimplified.com.

 

About Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.

 

SVCHS provides access to affordable, quality, comprehensive and preventative healthcare that is culturally sensitive for all individuals in southwestern Virginia, while maintaining partnerships with the community in order to enhance economic stability and provide local employment opportunities.  SVCHS consists of a group of non-profit community healthcare centers, the Migrant Health Network, the Integrative Behavioral Healthcare Program and the Southwest Virginia Regional Dental Center.  For more information, please visit: www.svchs.com or call 1-888-531-8354.

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