And not just with abandoned specialty store spaces.
Baker is currently readying his Hickory Ridge Mall pharmacy, which has served more than 2,000 poor and uninsured Memphians since it opened in 2015, to dispense unopened drugs that hospitals, nursing homes and individuals throw away after they are distributed to patients.
That’s happening because Baker worked to get a state law passed that allows those institutions and individuals to donate unused pharmaceuticals to charity pharmacies such as his.
“More than $10 million in medicines get thrown away in Tennessee each year,” Baker said. “Even if a medicine is blister-packed, if it’s been a patient’s room, they have to destroy it.