New UTEP, UMC partnership gives students access to prescriptions

Health and Medical

Less than a week after the pharmacy inside UTEP’s Student Health and Wellness Center closed, students will once again have access to prescriptions.

Through a new partnership between UTEP and University Medical Center, students can take advantage of the following pharmaceutical services:

  • Access medications at seven different locations
  • Purchase their prescriptions at the same or lower cost than they would have paid at the Student Health and Wellness Center
  • Utilize insurance coverage (public or private) to pay for prescriptions
  • Receive expanded, continuous service for pharmacy access. (UMC pharmacies are open mornings through early evenings for student convenience, Monday through Saturday)
  • Access UMC pharmacies, even during Spring Break or the Winter Break, at locations close to their homes in El Paso

“Through this program, we are hoping to take one less concern away from students so they can focus on their education while having much greater access to the prescriptions they need, at the same low prices they’ve come to expect,” UMC President and CEO Jacob Cintron said.

According to the university newspaper, the UTEP pharmacy closed on Dec. 14 due to “a consistent decrease of pharmacy usage by students and an increase in the demand of other services” in the health facility.

“As we look at making sure that we’re containing costs here as an institution, we look at how many students are using it, who’s benefiting, how much is the cost and if it makes sense to keep these facilities and services open,” Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Edens told The Prospector.

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