Brooks: County program saves residents $10M on prescriptions

September 16th, 2013

A prescription discount program has helped Monroe County residents save more than $10 million over the past three years, County Executive Maggie Brooks’ office announced Monday.

The program is meant to help people who are uninsured, under-insured or for some other reason have to pay the full cash price for medication. Discount cards have yielded an average savings of 65 percent per prescription, according to Brooks’ office, but cost the county nothing.

Here’s how the program works: Participating pharmacies agree to accept a lower payment for drugs sold to people who present discount cards. The pharmacy sees less profit, but makes a sale to someone who otherwise might not have been able to buy medication at all. That customer also might have enough cash left in his or her pocket to buy something else at the pharmacy.

Monroe County is among 51 counties in New York participating in the program, which is adminstered by East Syracuse-based ProAct Inc. The company collects a transaction fee from pharmacies.

Most local pharmacies accept the discount cards, which also provide savings on some vision and hearing services and Lasik surgery, Brooks’ office said. Since the local program began in August 2010, pharmacies in the county have filled about 200,000 prescriptions for participants.

County residents of any age and with any type of income or health coverage can get a discount card for free. However, the program generally can be used only by people paying full price for a prescription, according to ProAct.

To get a discount card, call (877) 776-2285 or visit nyrxdiscountcard.com.

 

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