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State Sends Relief Payments To Princeton Pharmacies


Princeton Pharmacies is among more than 70 independent pharmacies and pharmacy chains statewide taking part in a new state relief program. 

The Critical Access Pharmacy Program will give out $4.7 million to pharmacies in medically underserved areas. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will determine how the money is distributed, with most going to pharmacies in rural and downstate communities. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the payments are meant to assist small, independently owned pharmacies that have "experienced serious financial difficulty."

“Small rural pharmacies, often the only pharmacies available for miles and miles, are being driven out of business all over Illinois because of unfair competition and state policies,” she said. “It is important that we step in to help these frontline health care providers stay in business so that they can continue to be there for residents in underserved areas of the state.”

Data from the Comptroller's Office shows Princeton Pharmacies should receive more than $40 thousand in aid. 

Christine recently completed an internship in the WNIJ newsroom for the summer of 2019. Christine attends Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As a Des Plaines native, Christine has filed stories for Indiana Public Radio on Ball State's campus. In her spare time, Christine enjoys board gaming, video gaming and listening to 80s music.