Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP) Pharmacies
A new Public Health Law was mandated January 1, 2001 and became a permanent program in 2009 that authorized licensed pharmacies in good standing to register with the New York State Department of Health to sell up to 10 hypodermic needles or syringes to individuals ages 18 years or older from behind the pharmacy counter without a prescription. Registered pharmacies must participate in a program to provide safe disposal of the used hypodermic needles or syringes. The needles and syringes must be made available without a prescription, accompanied by a safety insert containing information about safe practices, and the availability of needles or syringes without a prescription must not advertised. This public health initiative was projected to help reduce the spread of blood borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B.
Questions About ESAP:
ESAP Registration Process: Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement at (518) 402-0707.
Other Program Information: AIDS Institute at (212) 417-4770
By email also: ESAP@health.state.ny.us
Specialty pharmacies that offer ESAP:
Dave Watts: (718) 292-0900 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: Custom Blister Packets, Delivery 7 Days a Week, Experience with High Risk Individuals/ Homeless/Substance Abusers, Co-located with HELP/PSI Health & Wellness Center, Within a Harm Reduction Center, Co-Pay Assistance, Free Consultation, ESAP.
Nancy Liu: (718) 230-3535 email@example.com
Services: Custom Blister Packets, Pill Boxes, Delivery w/in Tri-State area, Clinical Pharmacist on Staff, Help Patients enroll in Prescription Programs, Direct assistance obtaining medications. One-on-one medication counseling, Monthly patient follow-ups, Hep C medications available on hand, ESAP (ESAP specifically at Clarkson Ave Brooklyn location).
Slyvia Nieves: (718) 538-4754 SylviaN@statrxpharmacy.com
Services: Peer Education/ Support Groups, Free Prescription Delivery, Provides Educational Lectures (ex: Hepatitis C & Health 1st Insurance Co), Covers 100% of HCV medication for those without Insurance, ESAP.
Jerry Louie: (718) 359-1187
Services: Support group once a month for HCV, Financial assistance, Help for undocumented, Education Lectures on Adherence & healthy Lifestyles, Pill Boxes, Custom Blister Packs, Free Prescription Delivery, ESAP.
Total Town Health
Janet Escalante: (718)-775-5018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services: Patient Benefit Investigations, Help Obtaining Financial Assistance, Prior Authorization Handling and Appeals Support, Order Scheduling and Delivery, Patient Education and Training, Proactive Refill Management, ESAP (ESAP specifically at Albany and Melville locations).