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County residents save on prescription costs

HAMBURG — Erie County residents participating in the Erie County Prescription Discount Card Program have collectively saved more than $8 million on more than 194,000 prescriptions filled, since the program’s implementation in April 2012. The program, administered by ProAct Inc., is designed to provide individuals with little or no prescription coverage access to medications and is free to Erie County and participating residents.

“With the price of prescription drugs’ rapidly rising, many residents find themselves in the difficult position of not being able to afford the prescription drugs they need to maintain their health and quality of life,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “That is unacceptable and doesn’t need to happen. No one should have to go without needed medication because they can’t afford it and thanks to this program, they don’t have to. I encourage all county residents, especially those without prescription coverage, to take advantage of this program.”

This program covers every medication and is accepted at most pharmacies within Erie County, as well as at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. The discount card program saves residents an average of 10 – 20 percent on their brand name medications and 20 – 70 percent on generics. An average savings of 54 percent per prescription has added up to more than $8 million in savings for participants.

Program card-holders present their cards at participating pharmacies, to receive savings. Savings for the program have also been extended to include vision, hearing, LASIK services, a dental coverage program and some pet medications.

For more information about this program, visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.
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