Archive for Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Program aims to save residents money on prescription costs

December 30, 2008

The city of Lansing is introducing a program it says will provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs.

The city has signed a contract to make free prescription drug discount cards available to Lansing residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

Available on Friday, Jan. 9, the discount cards may be used by all residents and has no restrictions based on age, income level, or existing health coverage. The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at almost all pharmacies in and around the city (including Lansing Pharmacy), as well as at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

“Given the current economic climate, the NLC prescription discount card will offer significant savings on the purchase of prescription medications for our residents,”

said Lansing Mayor Ken Bernard. “This program can make it easier for our residents to afford the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or stay healthy by managing a chronic condition.”

NLC and Lansing are able to make these money-saving cards available to city residents at no cost to the individual. Residents can pick up their prescription drug cards at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace, Lansing Community Library, 108 S. Second St. and the Lansing Parks and Recreation office at 108 S. Second St.

The NLC prescription discount card is easy to use. Lansing residents only have to show their card when purchasing medication at one of the participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required to get a card and no membership fee. City residents and their families can use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

CVS Caremark administers the discount card program.

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