MEMPHIS (August 8, 2017) – As of August 1, 2017, Good Shepherd Pharmacy and National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) have partnered together to bring affordable medication to Tennessee transplant patients. NFT assists families with financial hardships by providing grants for transplant related expenses, and now their patients will also have access to either free or at-cost prescription medication through Good Shepherd Pharmacy.

“On average, transplant patients spend $10,000 to $14,000 per year in immunosuppressants alone.”

Since Good Shepherd is licensed as a mail order pharmacy, they can conveniently serve qualified NFT patients in Tennessee. NFT will refer their patients to Good Shepherd Pharmacy for prescription needs, and patients can contact Good Shepherd Pharmacy directly to arrange prescription fulfillment.

“Partnering with Good Shepherd Pharmacy was a natural collaboration. On average, transplant patients spend $10,000 to $14,000 per year in immunosuppressants alone. Not only will this partnership assist low-to-moderate income families in reducing their out-of-pocket medication expense, it will allow our clients to better afford basic life necessities such as food, housing, health insurance and other life expenses,” explains Michelle Gilchrist, President and CEO for National Foundation for Transplants.

Dr. Phil Baker, Founder and CEO of Good Shepherd Pharmacy echoes this sentiment, “We’re excited to partner with the National Foundation for Transplants in their mission to support innovative solutions for lifesaving treatment. Organ transplant patients face life-long physical, spiritual, and financial consequences. Good Shepherd Pharmacy is dedicated to improving our members’ lives in all three areas. This partnership will improve the lives of transplant patients while decreasing their overall healthcare costs.”

Covered medications through this partnership include transplant related medication, maintenance medications which led to the need for a transplant and medications prescribed due to adverse reactions related to treatment.

Currently, NFT serves all 50 states, plus all US territories, and Good Shepherd Pharmacy serves all of Tennessee. While this partnership will immediately serve Tennesseans, additional US states will be served in future plans.

Good Shepherd Pharmacy is a nonprofit membership pharmacy, serving both uninsured and underinsured Tennesseans. Good Shepherd members pay a low monthly fee and get all their prescriptions at cost, with no markup. A portion of each membership goes toward sponsoring a low-income member that cannot afford membership fees.

Media Contacts:
Shannon Little, Good Shepherd Pharmacy
(901) 690-1028

Loretta Whitmore, National Foundation for Transplants
(901) 680-5655

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