Savings Continue to Add Up in Prescription Drug Discount Program - Southern Maryland Headline News

Savings Continue to Add Up in Prescription Drug Discount Program


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (January 21, 2011) – Calvert County's free prescription drug discount program is 18 months old, and county residents have filled more than 4,500 prescriptions at discounts averaging nearly more than 25 percent ($13.86 per prescription), for a total savings of more than $62,000.

Introduced in July, 2009, the program helps consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs. The county makes the free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage and are accepted at all of the county's pharmacies. A national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies also honors the card.

To use the discount card, residents simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. The card also covers pet medications available at participating pharmacies.

There is no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Calvert County to make these money-saving cards available to our residents. Cards are available at all Calvert County libraries, senior centers, the Health Department and the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, located at 30 Duke Street in Prince Frederick. County residents can call toll free 1.877.321.2652 or visit www.caremark.com/naco/ for assistance with the program.

Source: Calvert County Government

somd.com Editor's Note: This program can be used by anyone who lives in most Maryland counties, including Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's.  Follow the link above for more information on the program.

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