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Albany County passes cost-saving drug-card law

The Albany County Legislature unanimously passed a bill on Monday, March 9, that could save taxpayers up to 50 percent on prescription drugs.

Shawn Morse, D,I,WF-Cohoes, one of the bill's sponsors, said the measure will provide some financial relief to Albany residents and has received great enthusiasm from both residents and legislators alike.

This is going to save a lot of people money, Morse said.

The plan will provide a free drug card to all residents.

County Executive Mike Breslin now will open up the floor to potential pharmacies to bid for the contract to provide the discounted card to Albany residents.

Schenectady County recently made a similar agreement with ProAct to provide a discounted prescription drug card to residents. Schenectady County residents can receive anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent off of medicines.

The Albany County Legislature's agreement will feature discounts at 10 to 20 percent on brand name drugs and 40 to 50 percent on generic drugs.

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