21:32 | 08.03.2018
OptumRx Supports Kansans in Need Through Medication Donations Now Totaling More Than $20 Million
OptumRx, a leading pharmacy care services company that is part of
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), announced it has surpassed $20 million
in prescription medication donations to help tens of thousands of
Kansans in need under the Kansas Unused Medication Donation Program.
With a commitment to providing Kansans with access to affordable
prescription drugs, OptumRx worked with the Kansas Legislature and the
Kansas Board of Pharmacy to develop the Kansas Unused Medication
Donation Act, which became law in 2009. The first of its kind in the
nation, the law allows adult care homes, mail-service or home delivery
pharmacies and medical care facilities to donate unused medications in
their original or pharmacist-sealed packaging to safety net clinics and
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) across Kansas. Prior to the
law, OptumRx and other facilities were required to destroy these unused
“When the Act passed, we saw an opportunity for the private sector and
government to work together to help people in need, and to date it has
been incredibly successful,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. “Valuable
and even life-saving medications that were going to waste under the old
laws are now going to Kansans in need. We should celebrate and seek to
emulate innovative programs like this to help the underserved get
OptumRx’s state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacy in Overland Park,
Kan., has donated hundreds of thousands of medications, worth more than
$20 million, to safety net clinics since 2009 to provide needed health
care to patients.
“Through the Kansas Unused Medication Donation Act, OptumRx has helped
thousands of Kansans who often lack access to the affordable medications
they need every day,” said OptumRx CEO John Prince. “Supporting the
communities in which we work and live is an important part of how
OptumRx helps deliver better health outcomes and lower overall costs. We
are honored to have been able to help those Kansans who need it most,
and look forward to working with partners across the state to continue
to help Kansans live healthier lives.”
Gov. Colyer joined Prince for the donation milestone announcement today
at the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, one of 38 participating clinics
that distribute the free medications. The medications that are often
made available include insulin and diabetic supplies, antibiotics and
antidepressants, and many others in short supply at the clinics.
The Kansas program is managed by the Department of Health and
Environment, which works with the Community Health Center of Southeast
Kansas in Pittsburg, Kan., to determine recipients and manage
distribution to FQHCs and safety net clinics.
“Any of the clinics across the state can tell you about the profound
impact this program has on the health and well-being of the people they
serve,” said Bob Burk, Director of Community Relations for the Community
Health Center of Southeast Kansas. “One doesn’t have to look far to see
how this program and the medications provided by OptumRx have been truly
life-changing and life-saving for so many.”
OptumRx is one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group. Optum
employs more than 2,500 people in Overland Park and across the greater
Kansas City area.
About OptumRxOptumRx is a pharmacy care services company
helping clients and more than 65 million members achieve better health
outcomes and lower overall costs through innovative prescription drug
benefit services, including network claims processing, clinical
programs, formulary management and specialty pharmacy care. Through
expertise, flexible technology and a network of over 67,000 community
pharmacies and state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacies, OptumRx is
putting patients at the center of the pharmacy experience and making
health care more connected and less fragmented – ensuring patients get
the right medication at the right time at the best cost. OptumRx is part
of Optum®, a leading information and technology-enabled health services
business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone.
For more information, visit optum.com/optumrx.
About OptumOptum is a leading information and
technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make
the health system work better for everyone. With more than 135,000
people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that
help to modernize the health system and improve overall population
health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more
information, visit www.optum.com.
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