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Madison County residents save $338,188 on prescriptions in 2010

Madison County residents have saved $338,188.71 since January 2010 using a prescription discount card sponsored by the Madison County Board of Supervisors.

"The savings for residents and growth of the program tells it all," said John Becker, chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. "I hope more Madison County residents will sign up for this money saving program."

ProAct, a division of Kinney Drugs, is a discount program that reduces the cost of prescription drugs for underinsured and uninsured residents. The program was implemented by the Madison County Board of Supervisors in November of 2007. During the first month of the program, eight discount drug cards were used. At the end of the first full year (2008) 3,700 cards had been used and from January 2009 through September, a nine-month period, 3,187 discount cards were used to purchase prescriptions.

According to ProAct's October 2010 report 4,158 cards have been used to date at an average price savings of $24.85 or a 49 percent savings per claim filed. As the program grows, so do the savings.

There is no cost to the residents or the county for this program. On Nov. 26, 2007, 35,000 discount prescription drug cards were mailed out to the residents of Madison County.

"We continue to mail out discount prescription drug cards," said Public Information Officer Sharon A. Driscoll.

The prescription drug cards are available in the lobby of the County Office Building in Wampsville for anyone who is in need of a card and did not receive one. If you need a discount prescription card contact Driscoll at 366-2788 with a name and address and a card will be mailed to you.

Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Seneca counties participate in the ProAct discount prescription drug plan. Tompkins and Oneida counties have similar prescription discount plans through other companies.

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