Some West New York residents will have easier access to medications from now on. The North Hudson Community Action Corporation held a grand opening for a new pharmacy at its center on 5301 Broadway on Jan. 17 that will offer affordable drugs to residents at the center.
Rep. Albio Sires cut the ribbon, flanked by District 32 Assemblywoman Angela Jimenez, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.
“We believe that opening this pharmacy is going the extra yard to serve our patients.” – Joan Quigley
The facility came about to increase convenience for patients using the center who need prescriptions. Because it is part of the federal 340-B Drug Discount Program, the pharmacy is able to offer discounts up to 90 percent on generic and brand name drugs.
“We believe that opening this pharmacy is going the extra yard to serve our patients,” said Joan Quigley, the corporation’s CEO, shortly before the cutting. She noted that nearly half the prescriptions their doctors prescribed were not being filled, for various reasons. “Most medications are expensive,” she added. “Not easy to afford on a fixed income. Second, our patients lead busy lives: kids to be picked up at school, babies to be diaper changed, dinner to be cooked. And often, those drugs never get picked up.”
“I just want to thank everyone that has helped us get to this point, from the board of directors to the senior leadership team here at North Hudson,” said Terry Copeland, director and product leader of Cardinal Health, the health care company that will operate the pharmacy. “We are excited to have the pharmacy team here, a big part of the North Hudson family.”
Sires heaped praise for the work North Hudson has done for the region at large. “I saw the kind of work that you [North Hudson] did,” he said, mentioning how he’d been watching them since his former days as West New York’s mayor. “Seeing the amazing things that you have accomplished here, I love to be part of it. I love to work hard and get as much as we can for here.”
He specifically complimented the pharmacy in his speech.”It looks great,” Sires said. “It looks like a place where you really take care of people.”
A team effort
Roque credited the pharmacy’s opening to teamwork at the senate and congressional level, including players such as Sires and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, the latter of whom also serves as a state senator in the 32nd Legislative District.
“As a doctor you want the best for your patients,” Roque (who doubles as an pain management doctor) said. “And I can tell you, as a mayor, I’m so happy to have this, Hudson, here in my town. I have referred a lot of patients to you, and all I hear is great things about the center.”
“This is another great day for the Community Action Program,” Turner said. “I don’t think the general public appreciates the service that they get here, because they don’t see all the services. North Hudson, for their services, the mayors all work together, whether it’s police or fire or ambulance, the Community Acton Program provides health services now for everybody. Congratulations to everybody.”