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Residents are Saving Money by Using Prescription Drug Discount Card

Posted on 06/04/15

June 4, 2015, Monroe, NC – Union County residents have saved a combined total of $1,317,840 on more than 76,000 prescription drug purchases over the past 10 years by using the free prescription drug discount card. By participating in the program, sponsored by Union County and the National Association of Counties (NACo), more than 40,000 participants have saved an average of $12.97 or 27 percent off the retail price of prescription drugs.

The free discount cards are available to every family residing in Union County with no age, income or health restrictions. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card whenever prescriptions are not covered by insurance. All commonly prescribed prescription medications, including pet medications, are eligible for discount. The cardholder pays the negotiated discount price or the pharmacy’s retail price, whichever is lower.

The program has a safety feature that alerts pharmacists when one drug may have a drug interaction with another medication the cardholder is taking, if the prescriptions were obtained with the prescription discount card. The card can also be used when a Medicare Part D plan doesn’t cover a drug.

More than 1,400 of the nation’s 3,068 counties are participating in the program and more than 60,000 retail pharmacies accept the card. In Union County, Bi-Lo pharmacies, CVS pharmacies, Harris-Teeter pharmacies, K-Mart pharmacies, Target pharmacies, Walgreen's pharmacies, Walmart pharmacies, Rite-Aid pharmacies, Indian Trail Pharmacy, Franklin Street Pharmacy, Faulkner’s Drugs, Family Care Specialty Pharmacy, Sun Valley Pharmacy and Medicap Pharmacy accept the discount card. CVS Caremark negotiates the discounts directly with the pharmacies and drug manufacturers. Neither NACo nor Union County receives any revenue from the program.

To find out more information about the card and view a list of card distribution sites, visit the Union County website. Additional assistance with the program can be received by calling toll-free 1-877-321-2652 or visiting https://naco.advancerx.com.