Students from University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will conduct the first of numerous workshops intended to assist Medicare beneficiaries who plan to enroll in a new prescription drug plan beginning this month.
One is scheduled in Lodi.
During each workshop, students will identify the Part D plan that provides the lowest annual cost based on the beneficiary's prescription medication profile and their personal preferences. Under the guidance of Pacific professors, the students will also help beneficiaries determine if they qualify for a low-income subsidy and pursue other cost-savings strategies.
Pacific pharmacy students will also evaluate prescription medications to determine if they are safe to take together, provide detailed medication counseling and create a personalized medication record. And, in some cases, the students will contact the beneficiary's prescriber/pharmacist with specific recommendations. Other services offered during the outreach events include blood pressure testing, diabetes screening, cholesterol testing, asthma screening, bone density testing, medication disposal, memory decline screening and vaccinations for the flu, shingles and pneumococcus.
Services will be offered in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog and Vietnamese, depending on the location. Last year, Pacific pharmacy students provided services to more than 400 Medicare beneficiaries, resulting in potential out-of-pocket savings of more than $170,000.
The Lodi workshop will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Hutchins Street Square, 125 N. Hutchins St.
For more information, call 946-7754 or visit go.pacific.edu/medicare.