In 1995, the Society opened the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, now located at 1647 Convention St. The pharmacy provides prescription medicines free of charge to those who are unable to pay for them. Before coming to us, many of our pharmacy guests were breaking tablets in half and skipping doses of critical medications.
Our pharmacy is a volunteer driven program. Our small staff is assisted by volunteer pharmacists, as well as individuals who screen clients for eligibility, make referrals, stock shelves, and pick up donated drug samples. Generous members of the community, as well as local medical and pharmaceutical communities, provide critical support for this program. We have a strong network of healthcare agencies, social service non-profits, churches and public agencies that work closely with our operation by referring needy patients to our program.
A relatively new addition to our pharmacy services is our Meds Directed Program, which taps into pharmaceutical manufacturers’ patient assistance programs.
Once a patient is referred to us, our volunteer screeners check to make sure they are eligible for our service. Eligibility is determined on the basis of income and expenses, and only the truly needy receive assistance. Applicants can obtain additional information about eligibility requirements by calling the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy at (225) 383-7450. Applicants should call the pharmacy between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to set up an appointment to be screened for eligibility. Our pharmacy is open Monday through Friday.
Our community pharmacy serves as a pharmacy of last resort for needy people who would otherwise go without their life-sustaining prescription medication. With the support of our community, we are improving the quality of life for the needy.
To schedule a tour of our facilities, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call (225) 383-7837.