SC County: free drugs for low-income residents

'Surplus' medications to be collected and distributed under Santa Clara County program to aid seniors and families

A drug-surplus collection-and-delivery program that will provide free prescription medication to low-income county residents was approved Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

"For many seniors and families struggling to pay for rent, food and necessities, the high cost of prescription drugs can be out of reach," Supervisor Liz Kniss of Palo Alto said in a statement.

The average cost of brand-name prescription medication is $100 per prescription, according to the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System.

Medications will be received and distributed through eligible pharmacies within the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Strict pharmaceutical and medical standards will apply to ensure that donations are received unopened and in tamper-evident packaging.

Donated medications will be stored separately from regular inventory and must have at least a six-month shelf life remaining to be accepted.

The two-year pilot drug surplus program will work mostly with nursing homes where the use and handling of medications is controlled.

The program, which is expected to launch this summer, is available to county residents whose incomes are well below the federal poverty level through two different plans, the Ability to Pay Determination Program and the Valley Care program.

For individuals who don't have insurance and would like to be considered for the Ability to Pay Determination Program, they may call the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System at (888) 334-1000 for more information.

The Valley Care program is geared more for small employers or self-employed who do not have insurance. For more information interested residents may call (408) 885-4826.


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Posted by KATHY
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2008 at 9:42 am

As A full time imployed middle class wage earner with a very ill husband, I have watched my medical cost rise over the past five years
to triple what they were when i first became eligable for them .
before that we had no coverage at all we did not quailify for any service because as a part time employee i made to much we somply did not go to the dr at all .
when i did quailify we signed up and found out all those years with out it my husband was getting sicker and sicker with out knowing it .
the problem i see is that while we had no coverage people that were low income like on welfare were getting the service for free with my tax dollars paying for it the reason these cost keep soaring are because to many people that dont deserve to be getting these free services are .
including illegals and there children that in my mind are just as illegal as there parents yet they come here and demand we support them all ,with free housing ,free food ,free medical ,free schooling .
they are breaking the backs of hard working americans not only do a very high persentage of them live on welfare they also have husbands that they dont tell welfare about that are working under the table not paying taxes at the same time.
and its not just illegals doing this but i see entire generations of people living on our welfare system kids having babies just to get on the welfare system dont believe well its true ,you also have this whole generation in gangs and that type of thing not working not paying into our sytem yet when thye are put in jail we again have to support them ,and yes the majority of them are hispanic like that or not .
so until we fix the welfare system and the medical system we will continue to go down this path of our economy being severly broken .
this and the fact that these huge corporations are lying about the money they are making to increase the size of there bonuses and the absolute waste i see in the work place of people on things like stress leave or oh i,m depressed eveyr one else in the world needs to pay for my lifestyle .
well tell me this if what i say isnt true then how come i see everyday people living on welfare driving brand new cars,living in nice houses shopping at high end stores ,having there hair and nails done wearing name brand clothes ,while i with a full time job shop at walmart and drive a 20 year old car ,i,ll tell you why i live within my means thats why i have no credit cards ,i live on what i earned something i was brought up to understand ,
i,m glad someone gets to achieve the american dream to bad its not americans..

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Posted by pesrpective
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 20, 2008 at 6:45 am

I suspect the vast majority of Americans have no clue how much money they are actually paying in taxes.

After awhile, people just believe they earn what they bring home in their paychecks, and rejoice in their "tax" checks from the govt because they allowed too much to be withheld.

About 50% of all income tax filers pay taxes, the other 50% pay nothing. 20% get money directly from the government ( our taxes) in one way or another..

Wake up people! Discourage welfare! Save the "helping hand" for those who CAN'T work, not to give to women to make babies! Care for the babies by using the money to instead set up adoptions! The rate of poverty from single mothers having babies and perpetuating the vicious cycle will drop dramatically once the false incentive is taken away. We are simply helping people make really bad choices that keep generation after generation in uneducated poverty.

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