Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center has initiated a drug repository program for orally administered drugs used in cancer treatment and management of side effects for patients who are experiencing financial hardship. Prescriptions processed through the drug repository program will be provided at no charge to the patient.
“Many cancer patients face emotional and financial difficulties,” said Katherine Matthews, pharmacist with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Mansfield. “Providing cancer medications at no charge for eligible Cleveland Clinic patients is a meaningful way we can reduce barriers to care and support our patients throughout their treatment.”
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy allows for donation programs for orally administered prescription drugs that treat cancer, its complications and side effects from treatment. Cleveland Clinic’s program receives donations of medications from patients and distributes them to Cleveland Clinic patients who are residents of Ohio and meet eligibility standards. A patient-needs assessment determines eligibility.
“Access to potentially lifesaving medication is a critical component of our patients’ cancer treatment journey,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., chair of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Department at Cleveland Clinic. “This initiative by our pharmacy department will help meet this need.”
Outpatient pharmacies in Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center locations in Mansfield and Sandusky, as well as Taussig Cancer Center on main campus in Cleveland, will accept medication donations during normal business hours. Potential donors must complete a form that details donor information and drug eligibility. For individuals interested in more information about the program or donating, reach out to one of the participating Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center pharmacies: Mansfield, 419-774-3121; Sandusky, 419-609-2845; and Cleveland, 216-445-2124.