Past polls have traditionally held pharmacists in high esteem for such characteristics as trust, ethics, and honesty. Creating access to pharmacist’s unique medication knowledge base is a key focus for our community outreach programs. Improving the pharmaceutical care and disease state understanding should never stop at the doors of a hospital or doctor’s office, but should extend into the community. The programs that were completed in 2020 helped to improve medication and disease state knowledge among patients within our community. Patient education is critical to improving their compliance with medications, understanding of disease states, and comfort in communicating with health providers.

The Pharmacy Enterprise provided over 129 community outreach programs in 2020 which included:

  • Amputee Support Group
  • Annual Adopt a Family for Christmas Program
  • Annual Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving Program
  • Brown bag Days
  • Community Centers
  • COVID vaccine clinics
  • COVID Vaccine Education program (Virtual)
  • Dispensary of Hope
  • Flu Clinics
  • Flu Shot Clinics
  • Go Red Program at Jersey Shore Medical center
  • Go Red Program at Public Library
  • High School Health Scholars Program
  • Medical Missions
  • Puerto Rico
  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey Re-Entry Program
  • Senior Centers
  • Senior Housing Center
  • Telephonic Outreach
  • YMCA
  • The Retail Pharmacy Network Division continues to implement the Dispensary of Hope program
  • Qualitas Pharmacy Services provided free medications to indigent patients for a total of $675,543
  • The 340B program was able to offer the health system more than $76,217,707 which helped offset the nearly $900 million of in kind care provided by RWJBarnabas Health

340B Drug Pricing Program

The RWJBarnabas Health Pharmacy Enterprise fully participates and remains in compliance with the 340B Drug Pricing Program as a means to help our surrounding communities. The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a U.S. federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices. The intent of the program is to allow health care organizations to stretch scare federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services. This program helps to offset the in kind healthcare that is provided to our community. Last year, the 340B program was able to offer the system more than $70,602,088 which helped to offset the nearly $900 million of in kind care provided by RWJBarnabas Health. The 340B eligible hospitals within RWJBarnabas Health are: Clara Maass Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJ New Brunswick and the Hemophilia Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

The Retail Pharmacy Network Division

The Retail Pharmacy Network Division dispensed 3,108 prescriptions under the charity program (Dispensary of Hope) that offers free medications to financially qualified patients.

The Retail Pharmacy Network

The Retail Pharmacy Network in kind dollars, sponsored by the hospital, provides medications to patients in need. Clara Maass Medical Center $7,484, Jersey City Medical Center $77,700, Monmouth Medical Center $30,386, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center $90,945, Saint Barnabas Medical Center $32,834, and Ambulatory Care Center $981, for a total of $240,330.

Qualitas Pharmacy Services Divisions

Qualitas Pharmacy Services Divisions provided $675,543 in kind medications to our indigent patients.