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Mission and History


Mission Statement

NOVA ScriptCentral’s mission is to provide quality integrated pharmaceutical care and medication access to the low-income uninsured children and adults of Northern Virginia. We envision pharmaceutical services as an integral component of primary care for all patients.

2007 - 2014 Total Dispensations


NOVA ScriptsCentral (NSC) was founded on the principle that everyone should be able to access quality, affordable, healthcare regardless of their socio-economic background. The NSC model is based on research of best-practices and focuses on economy of scale: all partner clinics using one pharmacy for the benefit of all, rather than each clinic developing their own pharmacy. In 2004 our founder, Joann Pearson-Knox, was given the opportunity to go out into the community and see what healthcare service was missing from Northern Virginia’s health safety net. After much discussion, with clinics, providers, and patients she determined that patients could see a doctor for a diagnosis but couldn’t necessarily receive life-saving treatments.

NSC was founded to fill that gap. In 2006 we were incorporated, and in the fall of 2007 we dispensed our first prescription. Our first pharmacy was in the basement of Potomac Hospital, now known as Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Since that time we have moved to Falls Church, in a location provided by INOVA Health System and dispensed more than 122,000 prescriptions valued at more than $45,000,000.

Vision and Access

All individuals should have “access” to quality healthcare regardless of where the care is being delivered. NOVA ScriptsCentral is focused on working with clinic partners to achieve the ‘triple aim’ from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The triple aim focuses on optimizing health, cost, and care for the underserved community. Medications are just one aspect of the comprehensive treatment regimen to improve a person’s health. Former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, stated “drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them,” and they alone will not cure medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. It is important to address health literacy, which is the ability to understand health information, because it plays an essential role in getting patients to take their medications. NSC is working to help patients better understand their chronic medical conditions and how the medications they are taking can improve their health.