Discount drug savings reach $3.5M

Albany County residents filed more than 93,000 prescriptions through program

— Free discount cards can also be printed out by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com, where there is also a listing of participating pharmacies and medication costs.

The New York State Association of Counties partnered with ProAct to develop the program and offer it statewide, which last year exceeded $110 million in savings, with more than 3.3 million prescriptions filled, according to NYSAC.

“This program provides an effective way for counties to provide immediate and sizeable financial relief for their residents at the pharmacy counter,” ProAct President Dave Warner said in a statement. “For many New Yorkers, it can mean the difference in being able to afford their medications or not.”

ProAct claims the program saves an average of $33 on each prescription, with cumulative savings exceeding 50 percent off prescriptions. County officials said the program typically provides 10 to 20 percent off name brand medications and from 20 to 70 percent off generic medications.

Last year, Albany County started a dental card savings program, which provides up to 40 percent savings on routine dental procedures for residents without dental insurance.

Schenectady County realized similar savings three years after implementing the drug discount program in March 2009. The county’s savings totaled around $2.34 million after more than 9,500 claims were filled.

Schenectady County officials had said the retail cost of prescription medication purchased through the program over three years totaled almost $5.64 million, with the actual cost after savings totaling nearly $3.3 million, or 41 percent less.

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