Past polls have traditionally held pharmacists in high esteem for such characteristics as trust, ethics, and honesty. Creating access to pharmacist’s unique knowledge medication 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 2016 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 125 community outreach programs in 2016 which included:
  • Several of our teammates participated in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Waves of Health; over 1,000 patients were evaluated and treated.
  • Behavioral Health Outreach
  • Brown Bag Days
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Haiti Emergency Medical Mission
  • Health Screenings
  • High School Career Day

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 scarce 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 health system nearly 38 million dollars which helped to offset the 900 million dollars 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 Medi-cal Southern Campus and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJUH New Brunswick.

The Retail Pharmacy Network Divisionadministered a program for free medications to indigent patients which is sponsored by the host hospital: Clara Maass Medical Center $2,265, Jersey City Medical Center $190,486, Monmouth Medical Center $37,745, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center $70,412 and Saint Barnabas Medical Center $15,595 for a total of $314,503.

Qualitas Pharmacy Services Divisions provided $49,590 of in kind medications to our indigent patients.