New UTMC pharmacy offers private, individualized care for infectious disease patients

April 6, 2012 | News, UToday
By Feliza Casano

A new clinical pharmacy at The University of Toledo Medical Center helps provide private, individualized care to patients of the Infectious Disease Clinic.

The UT CARE Pharmacy is located in the Ruppert Health Center.

The UT CARE Pharmacy, which is affiliated with the Ryan White Clinic at UTMC, is located in the Ruppert Health Center and offers a team of professionals to provide personal health-care services in a private location with flexible hours.

“We need to be here in order to give back to the community,” said Tiffany Morgillo-Zunk, a certified pharmacy technician at the UT CARE Pharmacy. “We want to expand what UT does for the community by taking the education students receive and put it back into the University and Toledo community.”

The UT CARE Pharmacy offers affordable prescriptions for those with or without insurance benefits and is the only 340B pharmacy at UT Medical Center.

The federal 340B pharmacy program offers assistance to eligible clinics, including the Ryan White Clinic, such as prescription medications at a reduced rate for patients who do not have insurance coverage. The program aids clinics and pharmacies in reaching more patients and extending health-care benefits in the community.

The pharmacy also has hired clinical pharmacist Lindsey Taylor to oversee the program geared specifically for HIV patients visiting the Infectious Disease Clinic. The partnership that has been developed between the UTMC pharmacy and the Infectious Disease Clinic staff is a model that will provide opportunities for better adherence to medication therapy and healthier outcomes for patients.

“We’re helping people who don’t always feel they have a place to go,” Morgillo-Zunk said. “We are here to care for them and help them with whatever we can. Beyond just helping with prescriptions, we serve as confidants and answer questions for our patients when they don’t know who to turn to.”

The new UT CARE Pharmacy also has alternate pick-up locations on Main Campus and Health Science Campus.

To learn more about the UT CARE Pharmacy, call 419.383.3355.

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