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Texas' first free pharmacy serves Grayson, Fannin counties

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DALLAS, Texas -- Free prescriptions? The idea may seem far-fetched, but not for the society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas.

The group soft-launched their free pilot pharmacy program nearly six months ago and saw first-hand how much the service was needed.

"By word of mouth only -- no marketing push, just word of mouth -- as of Friday, we have dispensed 872 prescriptions with a market value of about $210,000," said director of development Kate Rose Marquez. "That's tremendous and that's before today. Once the word is out, we expect that to really increase."

On Tuesday, the group held an official ribbon-cutting, opening the pharmacy to serve nine North Texas counties, including Grayson and Fannin counties. 

This resource is available to individuals who:

  • have no health insurance coverage
  • have a family income no greater than double the federal poverty line
  • who have a valid prescription
  • who live in the 9 counties they serve: Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall

The service provides free life-sustaining (and possibly life-saving) medications, such as insulin, asthma inhalers, blood pressure medication and mental health medication. The medication is donated by pharmaceutical companies. The pharmacy does not provide opioids.

"For many of [the clients], it's a juggling act," pharmacy managing director Hank Hermann said. "[They have to ask] 'do I buy food for my family, or do I take my medications?' If they are ill and are not able to go to work, generally they do not get paid. So, it's a vicious cycle and we are trying to lift people about that."

"There are many people who need help and don't know that there is this help available, and to know that they can change their lives and save their lives, and that allows them to be a better parent, a better spouse, a better employee -- what a gift," Marquez said.

One of the first people to use the service was Vincent Flores of Irving. He said he has survived both a heart attack and stroke, and this medication is vital to him.

"It has made a tremendous difference. It has definitely been a help and blessing to me by providing these prescriptions," he said. "It takes the weight off of me and helps me perform and go through my daily routines."

There is a four-year plan to expand the free pharmacy service to other north Texas counties, and eventually statewide.

The pharmacy is located at 5750 Pineland Drive #280, Dallas, Texas, 75231.

The pharmacy is currently looking to partner with a healthcare entity in Grayson County to help male their prescriptions more accessible in Texoma. 

You can call them at 469-232-9902. 

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