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Student pharmacists University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will 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.

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Student pharmacists hold free clinics to help those with Medicare

Sep 22, 2015

Student pharmacists from University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will hold health clinics in eight Northern California cities 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.

Pacific's Mobile Medicare Clinics have served 3,665 Medicare beneficiaries since the program began nine years ago, saving seniors and others more than $3.3 million, or an average of $895 per beneficiary each year, in out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs.

This year's clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15- Dec. 7) in four Bay Area cities - Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland - as well as four Central Valley cities - Lodi, Stockton, Sacramento and Tracy.

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 be provided with a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Last year alone, Pacific student pharmacists identified 79 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug interactions and suboptimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up.

Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer vaccinations, including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines, diabetes screening and blood pressure testing, cholesterol and bone density testing, and much more.

All told, pharmacy students have held 86 clinics in 18 California cities, volunteering a combined 12,592 hours of time since the program first began.

Those who would like to have their Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of their medication should call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below.

Beneficiaries attending the clinics should bring the following:

  • Their red, white, and blue Medicare card
  • All of their medications


Bay Area Clinics

Berkeley:
Oct. 18, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St.
Call for an appointment: (510) 981-4100

San Jose:
Oct. 25, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive
Call for an appointment: (209) 645-0235

San Francisco:
Nov. 8, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St.
Call for an appointment: (415) 292-1200

Oakland:
Nov. 21, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd.
Call for an appointment: (510) 343-2473

Central Valley Area Clinics

Lodi:
Oct. 29, Thursday, 1-6 p.m.
LOEL Senior Center, 105 S. Washington St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 369-1591

Nov. 17, Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.
Hutchins Street Square (Room: Kirst Hall), 125 S. Hutchins St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 333-5550

Stockton:
Oct. 17, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 751 Brookside Road
Call for an appointment: (209) 946-7658

Oct. 20, Tuesday, 1-6 p.m.
Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way
Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918

Nov. 7, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Merlo Gym, 2044 Fair St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 444-5555

Nov. 13, Friday, 1-6 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 3409 Brookside Road
Call for an appointment: (209) 951-8545

Nov. 15, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
O'Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road
Call for an appointment: (209) 956-3400

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

Sacramento (Carmichael):
Oct. 24, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave.
Call for an appointment (916) 375-3301

For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare or contact us at (209) 932-2958.

Media contacts:
Rajul Patel | 209.946.3151 (office) | rpatel@pacific.edu
Sarah Higgins | 209.946.2545 (office) | 209.815.3907 (cell) | shiggins@pacific.edu

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