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Mission Statement: Beacon Charitable Pharmacy
1) Provides access for the most vulnerable populations to pharmaceuticals and education through the Beacon Charitable Pharmacy (formally called Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc.), and
2) Collaborates with other health care providers and community organizations to maximize resources and provide effective and efficient services.
Beacon Charitable Pharmacy, formally called Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc. is a non-profit agency that was initiated through conversations between Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton about addressing the growing requests from social service agencies, clinics and churches for funding to purchase drugs for the uninsured and indigent in Stark County.
A collaborative was formed between the two foundations to create a solution to this growing community need. The Foundations convened many meetings of organizations and persons in our community who had an interest in this important issue. The consensus was that an innovative agency would be established to coordinate prescription assistance, maximize resources, significantly expand the utilization of pharmaceutical companies’ prescription assistance programs throughout the community, advocate for the vulnerable uninsured and make a systemic change in addressing this important health issue.
The Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County, Inc. was opened November 18, 2002, through initiative grants from the Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation and the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon.
In December 2009, PAN opened the Second charitable Pharmacy in Ohio!
Since opening, the PAN Charitable Pharmacy has filled more than 175,000 prescriptions that have a value of more than $15,000,000.00.
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Pharmacy and Beacon Charitable Pharmacy collaborate to provide a practice site for the pharmacy students. The students are learning and practicing pharmacy skills, gaining an understanding of indigent care and providing extensive education, Medication Therapy Management and pharmaceutical services to our clients.
Beacon Charitable Pharmacy enrolls individuals into pharmaceutical company Medication Assistance Programs (MAPs), which provide prescription medication free of charge.
Beacon collaborates with agencies, clinics, hospitals, volunteers and community organizations to strive to provide professional pharmaceutical services, maximize community resources, educate and advocate for the vulnerable.