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In March of this year, the National Association of Community Health Centers, a nationwide network of private, nonprofit community and migrant health centers and homeless health care programs, received on behalf of its member centers a $10 million donation of the antibiotic cefixime from Lederle Laboratories. This will be distributed to indigent and homeless patients. Prior to accepting this donation, we conducted a nationwide survey of our members concerning the possible use of cefixime in health centers. Of those responding (in excess of 60%), there was almost unanimity in the desire to have complimentary cefixime available for some patients, even though it was recognized that cefixime (like every other drug) has limitations, including cost. However, it was our firm belief, based on the survey results, that there are patients of the community and migrant health centers and homeless health care programs who can benefit from cefixime. The fact
Payne WA. Free Cefixime in Community Health Centers-Reply. JAMA. 1990;264(20):2623. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450200031011