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The 340B discount drug-purchasing program, community health centers, and an antihypertensive formulary

1 August 2003


A very large segment of the United States population faces significantly restricted access to health care services. Standard-of-care treatment for many chronic diseases requires regular health-care provider visits and daily medications. Community Health Centers provide low-cost primary health care to low-income persons, yet the cost of prescription medications remains a significant barrier to many Americans. Utilization of the federal 340B drug-purchasing program and the development of an antihypertensive drug formulary based on current prescribing practices and evidence-based medicine can greatly reduce the financial barrier to uninsured patients with hypertension.


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