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Field Report: The Program for Pharmaceutical Care to Underserved

Starting a Pharmaceutical Program
The Program for Pharmaceutical Care to Underserved Populations (PPCUP), located in Pittsburgh, PA, operates under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Established in 1995, the program links volunteer pharmacists and students with three organizations providing primary health care to homeless and low-income individuals in the city. Through the participation of the School of Pharmacy, pharmacists, and pharmacy students, the PPCUP stores medication for its organizational partners; sends pharmacists and pharmacy students to join volunteer medical staff as they provide health care at shelters and drop-in centers; and works with partner organizations to support costeffective prescribing.