Madison County drug card pays off

Madison County residents have realized savings of $155,733.13 during the past 14 months using the county-sponsored prescription discount drug program, according to a year-end report issued by ProAct Inc.

During the 14-month period that the program has been in place, there have been 8,817 claims for an average member cost savings of $17.32 per prescription, which equates to a 35-percent savings.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors contracted with ProAct Inc., a division of Kinney Drugs, in November 2007 to participate in a program that reduces the cost of prescription drugs to underinsured or uninsured residents.

If you are one of those that have been affected by the downturn in the economy and have lost or reduced health benefits, call 366-2788 and request a discount prescription drug card.

Under the discount plan, a county resident can use the card at any pharmacy to save an average of 10 to 20 percent on name-brand drugs and 20 to 30 percent on generic drugs.

Nearly all of the pharmacies in Madison County participate in the program, and the cards are accepted at nearly 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Extra savings are available as part of this discount prescription program. Consumers also will be eligible for higher discounts on selected medications, as well as high-tech and injectable drugs.

For more information on these programs and the mail-service program, which offers an average savings of approximately 50 percent on a three-month supply of select medications, call (877) 776-2285 or visit proactrx.com.

There are no enrollment forms to fill out, no membership fees, no income requirements and no cost to residents or taxpayers, just one card and immediate use. Simply present your card at a participating pharmacy and save an average of 20 percent on your prescription drugs.

There are no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use a single card and present it anytime their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

Neighboring Counties using the ProAct Discount prescription drug card have also seen savings: Onondaga County residents have saved $1,314,040 since implementing the program in November 2007; Oswego County residents have saved $486,545 since Feb. 1, 2008, and St. Lawrence County residents have saved $1,982,133 since beginning the program in October 2005, according to ProAct's records.

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