JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Getting much needed medications for people in need will soon be easier.
The ETSU Charitable Pharmacy will open on August 4th right next to the Johnson City Community Health Center. It will dispense medications free to qualified residents.

The pharmacy is made possible by a partnership between Johnson City Community Health Center and the Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy.

It will replace the Dispensary of Hope founded by Mountain States Health Alliance.

The move is aimed at making things more convenient and efficient.

"They can go see their providers in our clinic, same day they can, you know, within an hour, they can walk over here and get their medications,” said Silas Tolan, the Executive Director of the Johnson City Community Health Center.

Although ETSU will now be managing the pharmacy, Mountain States Health Alliance will continue to provide funding for the next two years.