Texas' first free pharmacy opens in North Texas

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas officially opened on September 25 the first public free pharmacy in the state. However, with only word of mouth, the group has dispensed 872 prescriptions with a market value of about $210,000 since its soft launch in Dallas almost 6 months ago, said Kate Rose Marquez with the Society of St.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas officially opened on September 25 the first public free pharmacy in the state. However, with only word of mouth, the group has dispensed 872 prescriptions with a market value of about $210,000 since its soft launch in Dallas almost 6 months ago, said Kate Rose Marquez with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas. The pharmacy is available to individuals who have no health insurance coverage, have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, have a valid prescription, and who live within a certain area. The pharmacy provides medication such as blood pressure medication and asthma inhalers, but it does not provide opioids. All the medication is donated from pharmaceutical companies. The free pharmacy is expected to expand to other North Texas counties and eventually statewide.