PharMerica Partners with Sirum to Improve Access to Life-Saving Medications

Illustration by Jennifer Lamb, PMHNP

Millions of Americans are unable to afford their prescribed medications, often having to choose between essential needs and their health. PharMerica, a large pharmacy services company in the U.S., has been collaborating with Sirum since 2015 to donate unused, unexpired medications to underserved communities. In 2023 alone, PharMerica donated 719,287 prescriptions valued at an estimated $24,907,973.

Sirum, a non-profit organization originally created at Stanford University, leverages technology to redistribute surplus medicine to those in need. By connecting companies like PharMerica with community partners, Sirum ensures that donated medications reach patients who would otherwise struggle to access them.

Jennifer Yowler, President of PharMerica, emphasized the company’s commitment to improving health equity, stating, “We are proud to help ensure patients have access to life-saving medications to improve health equity in underserved communities.”

Watch this video from 2023 to see this process in action:

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