Since 2009, KAMU Safety Net Clinics and their patients have benefited from medications donated by OptumRx to the Unused Medications Repository. A press conference was held April 9, 2015 highlighting OptumRx contributions to the repository since 2009, which have a retail value exceeding $10 million. In attendance at the press conference were Gov. Sam Brownback, Lt. Gov. Mark Colyer, Sen. Vicki Schmidt, executives from OptumRx and representatives from Kansas Safety Net Clinics.
This ceremony marks a tremendous achievement for the Unused Medications Act, which began in 2009. All of the medications that are donated from OptumRx are distributed through the Unused Medications Repository, which is maintained and operated by KAMU member, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK).
In 2014, medications totaling $733,168 (the 340B value which ranges from 20% to 50% off retail) were distributed to 17 of KAMU member health centers.
In total there are 37 different entities that donate medications into the repository, including mail-service pharmacies, such as OptumRx, care facilities and adult care homes.
For more information on the Kansas Repository, visit ksunusedmeds.org.