Robbie Owens reports on St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy.
- And writing a prescription for change. A freestanding charitable pharmacy now expanding eligibility to serve even more families. It is one way the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hopes to impact a root cause of systemic poverty. Our Robbie Owens reports.
MICHAEL PAZZAGLINI: They are calling us for rent, or utilities, or help with food. But we found out that they were foregoing medications.
ROBBIE OWENS: There is a clear link, experts say, between poor health and poverty's vicious cycle.
MICHAEL PAZZAGLINI: Well, I'll pay the rent and maybe take half my prescription. And now I'm in a situation where I'm becoming ill or sick and I can't work. And now I just exacerbated the situation.
ROBBIE OWENS: So the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants to heal families one prescription at a time-- providing certain medications for free at their Northeast Dallas pharmacy.
- It's very important, because she depends on this medicine for her life.
ROBBIE OWENS: Rafael, today, picking up insulin for his teenage daughter-- a type I diabetic.
CARLOS IRULA: A diabetic pen would cost about $750 for a three-month supply for an uninsured patient.
ROBBIE OWENS: And for families already on the economic edge, that's a fortune. But now, eligibility is expanding. Families earning at or below 300% of the federal poverty line can qualify for free prescriptions.
CARLOS IRULA: So a family of three could make $65,000 a year and still qualify for our service.
ROBBIE OWENS: That's a lot of working families.
CARLOS IRULA: Correct.
ROBBIE OWENS: So you don't have everything just yet. But for those prescriptions that you're able to provide, it's life changing for these families.
MICHAEL PAZZAGLINI: Absolutely, and we started out with the basics. You know-- cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure.
ROBBIE OWENS: You can check out the pharmacy website for the list of available medicines, how to apply, and how to help this century old charity serve more families.
- God bless this place.
ROBBIE OWENS: In Dallas, Robbie Owens, CBS11 News.
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