Charity pharmacy forced to turn folks away, needs donations

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 10:23pm

St. Vincent de Paul pharmacy director Kay Kyes says sometimes their best just isn't good enough.

“We’re just doing the best we can right now,” said Kyes. “We have to tell them when we're out of it that we can't help.”

Tough words to hear, and for Kyes, they're even tougher to say.

More and more though, people are turning to the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy for help; it's for people who have jobs, but don't have insurance and can't afford the medications they need, ranging from heart medication to antibiotics - a lot of life sustaining medications.

It’s medicine people need to stay healthy, but many just can't afford it at traditional pharmacies. Their clients are being forced to make very tough choices that Kyes says are becoming more common.

“It's gotten to a point where it's a matter of ‘Do we eat? Or do we take medicine?’”

Last year alone, the pharmacy at St. Vincent de Paul handed out more than $2.2 million in medication.

Kyes says it's everyday people walking in, looking for a little help, so they can stay healthy.

The St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy relies on donations to make ends meet, which they get from companies and individuals.

For a link to their website, click here.

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