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A Descriptive Study of Patients Receiving Foundational Financial Assistance Through Local Specialty Pharmacies

Julia Zhu, MPH, MS; Randall Odebralski, MBA; Safia Boghani, MPH; Clorinda Walley; Frank Koen, RPh; Chad Conley; and Heather S. Kirkham, PhD, MPH
Local specialty pharmacies collaborated with a charitable assistance organization to provide a safety net and to facilitate care for patients with chronic illnesses, allowing them to focus on receiving and adhering to medication, rather than on financial toxicity.

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Author Affiliations: Walgreen Co (JZ, SB, FK, CC, HSK), Deerfield, IL; Good Days Foundation (RO, CW), Plato, TX.

Source of Funding: This study is sponsored by Walgreen Co and Good Days Foundation.

Author Disclosures: Ms Zhu, Mr Conley, and Dr Kirkham are employed by the study sponsor, Walgreen Co, and own Walgreen stock. Mr Odebralski and Ms Walley are employed by the Good Days Foundation. Ms Boghani is employed by Walgreen Co. The remaining author reports no relationship or financial interest with any entity that would pose a conflict of interest with the subject matter of this article.

Authorship Information: Concept and design (JZ, RO, CW, FK, CC, HSK); acquisition of data (JZ, RO, CW, FK, CC); analysis and interpretation of data (JZ, RO, CW, CC, HSK); drafting of the manuscript (JZ, RO, SB, CW); critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content (JZ, RO, SB, CW, FK, HSK); statistical analysis (JZ); administrative, technical, or logistic support (JZ, SB, FK, CC, HSK); and supervision (JZ, HSK).

Address Correspondence to: Heather S. Kirkham, PhD, MPH, Walgreen Co, 102 Wilmot Rd, 5th Fl, Mailstop 125D, Deerfield, IL 60015. Email: heather.kirkham@walgreens.com.
 
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