A Boston Health Center Competes With the Big Pharmacies

  • November 9, 2016

Whittier Street Health Center Opens New Pharmacy in North Dorchester, MA

 (Dorchester, MA) November, 2016 – At a time when community based businesses are being challenged by the big retailers such as CVS, Walmart, TJX, one health center is bucking the trend; Whittier Street Health Center has opened a new Pharmacy in North Dorchester to make obtaining medical needs easier and more accessible for residents and patients.


The pharmacy will be a 340 B pharmacy, meaning that it is allowed to dispense discounted medication both to uninsured patients, and patients covered by Medicare or private insurance. The 340B Drug Discount Program is a U.S federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at significantly reduced prices.


“Because of our access to low cost drugs, we are able to provide our patients with discounted medication and waive co-pays based on financial needs,” said Frederica M. Williams, Whittier Street Health Center’s president and CEO. “Reaching the medical needs of any patient in the most convenient way for them is the number one priority and I think that the opening of this pharmacy will be beneficial for everyone in the surrounding communities.”


The intent of the program is to allow covered entities to “stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.” Maintaining services and lowering medication costs for patients is consistent with the purpose of the program, which is named for the section authorizing it in the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Another benefit of smaller, local pharmacies is that it really helps for patients and pharmacists to get to know one another on a personal level.



About Whittier Street Health Center (

Whittier Street Health Center is a Joint Commission accredited, private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. Serving nearly 30,000 clients with approximately 120,000 clinic visits and 20,000 community outreach visits annually, Whittier has a patient base which is ethnically and racially diverse and includes significant numbers of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Greater Boston. Whittier provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. Whittier is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level 3 (highest level) patient-centered medical home. Learn more at

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A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).