University of the Pacific pharmacy clinics help patients save on drug costs


   University of the Pacific student pharmacists will offer 14 free health clinics throughout Northern California this fall aimed at people with Medicare. The clinics will help people save money on prescription drugs, better understand their medications and receive a variety of health screenings and services.
   The clinics have been run by students from Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences for a decade. In that time, the clinics have helped patients save an estimate $4.6 billion in prescription costs.
   This year’s first clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 15 at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, 757 Brookside Road. The clinic will mark the school’s 100th mobile clinic.
   This year, clinics will be offered during the Medicare open enrollment period (Oct. 15- Dec. 7). Nine cities will host clinics including Berkeley, Carmichael, Lodi, San Francisco, San Jose, Pleasanton, Stockton, Tracy, and Turlock. This year will mark the first time Pleasanton and Turlock will have a clinic.
   Students at the clinic assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance and explore cost-savings opportunities. Attendees also receive a comprehensive review of all of their medications, a personalized medication calendar and the opportunity to have their medication-related questions answered.
   Attendees should bring their Medicare card and all medications.
    For more information on specific times and dates of clinics, click here or call (209) 910-DRUG (3784).
- Central Valley Business Journal