Posted: Feb 2, 2011 6:29 AM by Greg Boyce
The El Paso Board of County Commissioners reports approximately 10,000 citizens have participated in a prescription drug discount program. They've bought nearly 23,000 prescriptions at a savings of more than $250,000. The average, reported savings of these medications compared to the retail price was 23 percent, according to the report.
"This is a remarkable achievement for a program initiated just 18 months ago," said Jan Doran, who chairs the Citizen Outreach Group, a civic-minded volunteer committee that assisted with the launch of the Prescription Discount Program. "These are milestone figures representing substantial savings for a good number of our citizens."
The Prescription Discount Program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and is free to all County residents - regardless of age, income, health status or existing health care coverage. The discount card is accepted at over 80 local pharmacies - including Walgreens, Safeway and King Soopers - and at nearly 60,000 locations nationwide. Prescription discount card users average savings from 20-25%, but some individuals report savings as high as 40-50%. Commissioner Chair Amy Lathen notes, "The savings come from negotiated national volume discounts. There is no cost to the county or its taxpayers; it's just good business to offer the program to our citizens."