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Healthy Connections Hosts Grand Opening for Community Pharmacy


Healthy Connections, Inc., in Mena celebrated the Grand Opening of their new state-of-the-art pharmacy with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 24th. HCI’s pharmacy is a community pharmacy that includes the 340B Drug Discount Program, a US federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs at significantly reduced prices.

Their pharmacy partner, Cardinal Health, says that having an in-house pharmacy has many benefits. “I know the value that having an in-house pharmacy brings. In fact, we see in some of the latest material available that you stand a 95% chance of a patient filling a prescription if they are able to do it while they are in their doctor’s office. That usually drops to 65-70% if they walk out the door without filling it. We are really pleased to partner with Healthy Connections in knowing that having a pharmacy here is going to help them and help their patients be more compliant and are adhering to their medications.”

He went on to say that the benefits the non-insured received through their pharmacy are a true advantage. “We are able to provide meds at a discount to them through Healthy Connections’ connections with the 340B Drug Discount Program.”

HCI Director Tony Callandro is proud of the partnership as well. “The partnership with Cardinal is such that we are able to bring the pharmacy here to our local patients and I think that’s the biggest benefit we can provide for the community.”

HCI’s new pharmacist, Dr. Lauren Gaston Willis, originally from Oden, said she is glad to be back home and serving her community.

Also, as an added advantage, the Healthy Connections Pharmacy isn’t just for their patients, but is open to the community as well. To learn more, give them a call at 479-437-3449.

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