Aids Weekly Plus
Inspired by a clinical rotation with HIV-infected patients, Worcester, Mass., pharmacist and entrepreneur Daniel Apelian founded AllCare Pharmacy specifically to provide medication management for patients with chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. Based on his knowledge of the community he served, Apelian developed a business model that met the distinct needs of his clients.
AllCare Pharmacy carries a full stock of HIV and hepatitis C medications and provides pharmacists specially trained in infectious disease. The pharmacy also provides door-to-door delivery by trained, in-house drivers. Other aspects of his model include a “thorough intake process, close pharmacist follow-ups, and medication compliance packaging.” AllCare purchased an automation machine that allows pharmacists to pre-package prescriptions into daily doses that are sealed, perforated, and stamped with drug names and administration times. This is helpful especially for hepatitis C- and HIV-infected patients taking an average of 15 medications daily.
AllCare Pharmacy services also works with case managers to enroll patients in the HIV Drug Assistance Program and connects patients with manufacturer support programs when they need gap coverage or co-pay assistance. As vice president of the board for AIDS Project Worcester (APW), Apelian also has all pharmacy employees trained in APW services.
AllCare Pharmacy, which also serves as a neighborhood pharmacy, has grown to 35 employees. The AllCare Plus Pharmacy, which has a similar model, serves the rest of Massachusetts, and Apelian anticipates the company might expand to provide comparable services nationwide.