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Decade of free clinics saved Medicare beneficiaries $4.6 million in drug costs

University of the Pacific will offer its 100th Mobile Medicare Clinic – and 13 others – this fall
Sep 19, 2016

Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will offer 14 free health clinics throughout Northern California this fall to help people with Medicare save money on their prescription drug costs, better understand their medications, and receive a variety of health care screenings and services.

The first in the series, to take place in Stockton on Saturday, Oct. 15, will mark the 100th clinic since the program first began 10 years ago. All told, Pacific student pharmacists have held 99 Mobile Medicare Clinics in 18 California cities, serving 4,553 Medicare beneficiaries and saving patients a cumulative $4.6 million in out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. That comes to an average annual savings of $1,011 per beneficiary.

In addition, student pharmacists have identified 561 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including potentially severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy warranting physician follow-up.

This year's clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15- Dec. 7). Clinics will take place in nine cities: Berkeley, Carmichael, Lodi, Tracy, San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton, Pleasanton, and Turlock. The Pleasanton and Turlock clinics will be a first for those cities.

At each clinic, trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket drug costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities.

Attendees will also receive a comprehensive review of all of their medications, a personalized medication calendar, and the opportunity to have their medication-related questions answered.

Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer the flu vaccine, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone-density testing, a variety of mental health screenings, and much more. In total, over a dozen free health screenings/services will be available at each clinic site.

If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Dates, locations and phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below.

IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinics should bring the following:

  • Red, white and blue Medicare card
  • All of their medications

Clinic schedule

Sacramento-area clinics

Carmichael

  • Oct. 22, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christ Community Church; 5025 Manzanita Ave.; Call for an appointment: (916) 375-3763

 Bay Area clinics

San Jose

  • Oct. 23, Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Dr.; Call for an appointment: (408) 831-1965

Pleasanton

  •  Nov. 5, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Stoneridge Creek, 3300 Stoneridge Creek Way; (open only to residents)

San Francisco

  • Nov. 6, Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; 3200 California St.; Call for an appointment: (415) 292-1200

Berkeley

  • Nov. 13, Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Ed Roberts Campus; 3075 Adeline St.; Call for an appointment: (510) 981-4100

Central Valley clinics

Lodi

  • Oct. 18, Tuesday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Hutchins Street Square (Room: Kirst Hall); 125 S. Hutchins St.; Call for an appointment: (209) 333-5550
  • Nov. 3, Thursday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; LOEL Senior Center; 105 S. Washington St.; Call for an appointment: (209) 369-1591

Stockton

  • Oct. 15, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy; 757 Brookside Rd.; Call for an appointment: (209) 946-2697
  • Oct. 21, Friday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Northeast Community Center; 2885 E. Harding Way; Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918
  • Nov. 11, Friday, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.; First Congregational Church; 3409 Brookside Rd.; Call for an appointment: (209) 951-8545 
  • Nov. 15, Tuesday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Sierra Vista Homes; 2436 Bellevue St.; Call for an appointment: (209) 460-5085
  • Nov. 19, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; O'Connor Woods; 3400 Wagner Heights Rd.; Call for an appointment: (209) 956-3400

Tracy

  • Oct. 27, Thursday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Tracy Community Center; 950 East St.; Call for an appointment: (209) 831-4230

Turlock

  • Nov. 20, Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; AACCOT; 2618 N. Golden State Blvd.; Call for an appointment: (209) 668-4668

For general information about University of the Pacific's Mobile Medicare Clinics, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare or contact us at (209) 910-DRUG (3784).

About the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is renowned for its time-proven curriculum and unrivaled commitment to student success. The school, based in Stockton, offers professional degree programs in pharmacy, physical therapy, audiology and speech-language pathology, as well as advanced degrees in pharmaceutical and chemical sciences. In collaboration with University of the Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business, it also offers a joint Pharm.D./MBA degree. University of the Pacific offers acclaimed graduate and professional degree programs - as well as 60 undergraduate areas of study - across its three Northern California campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton. For more information, visit www.Pacific.edu. To learn more about the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, visit www.Pacific.edu/PHS.

Media contacts:
Rajul Patel,  professor of pharmacy  | 209.946.3151 | rpatel@pacific.edu

Claudia Morain, director of communications | 209.946.2313 | cmorain@pacific.edu