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Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio offers affordable medications

The mission of the pharmacy is to provide affordable medications, but right now, all of their patients are getting their life saving drugs for free. (WSYX/WTTE)

Inside the Livingston United Methodist Church prayers are being answered.

But not the way you might think.

"This place is a God Send, " said Michael Barnhouse.

He and his wife use 'Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio.' The pharmacy is located inside the church.

The mission of the pharmacy is to provide affordable medications, but right now, all of their patients are getting their life saving drugs for free.

Every day about 60 patients, who can't afford to buy their pills, receive their much need medications at no charge to them.

Patients like Michael Barnhouse and his wife Jana Valliere.

"We're just the struggling poor, " Valliere said.

To qualify you must live in Franklin County and be in need of help.

"They have to be 200 percent or less of the poverty level. So for an individual, that's about $22,000 or less a year. And for a family of 4 that's about $40,000" said Executive Director Jennifer Seifert.

It's a unique pharmacy.

Interns from Ohio State University train at the pharmacy and work alongside volunteer and staff pharmacists.

On average - each patient they treat needs about 7 different types of drugs.

"We have very complicated patients. Most of our patients have many disease states, " said Seifert.

"We are sitting down one on one with them, going through medicines. Taking blood pressure, glucose. making sure they have what they need in regards to medicine therapy."

For Michael and Jana.

They live on a tight income less than $900 a month.

Without the pharmacy the couple says they could not afford the more than a thousand dollars’ worth of medications they use monthly.

"I feel so blessed, I really do. " said Valliere.

"I'm blessed they let me be a recipient because without them, I might not be talking to you. "

The Charitable Pharmacy is just one of the many programs The United Way of Central Ohio supports.

For more information on the United Way of Central Ohio, visit their website liveunitedcentralohio.org

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