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Ashley Martin, Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals, Kan.

Patient Gary Chandler was diagnosed with aplastic anemia after coming into Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kan. This rare blood disorder can require hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of treatments, but Chandler was uninsured and could not afford them. Ashley Martin, a clinical oncology pharmacy specialist for the health system, describes how the system used its access to 340B pricing to provide steep discounts to Gary on the infused drugs that he needed from his hematologist. Thanks to 340B, Chandler received these lifesaving treatments after his initial diagnosis and after a relapse of his disease, and today he is doing very well.