County Residents Reminded to Use ProAct Pharmacy Discount Cards

OSWEGO – Oswego County residents are continuing to use the ProAct prescription drug card in record numbers.

Residents filled 2,974 prescriptions in January, with an average cost per member of $32.84, according to a report presented to the County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee.

Since the start of the program four years ago, residents have filled almost 126,000 prescriptions using their discount cards at Oswego County pharmacies, with an average price savings of $27.24 per prescription.

The program was developed by the Oswego County Legislature and ProAct Inc. to help lower prescription drug costs for Oswego County residents. Residents are reminded to bring their membership card with them every time they have a prescription filled at a participating pharmacy.

“This program can be used when a person does not have insurance, or when something is not covered by one’s current insurance program,” said County Legislature John Proud, District 7, Mexico, chairman of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. “The program allows Oswego County residents, both uninsured and underinsured, to save money on their prescriptions at the pharmacy counter. There is no cost to the county or to county residents.”

Membership cards can be printed from the ProAct Website at and are available at participating pharmacies in Oswego County.

The ProAct card can also be used for pet medications, provided the prescription is filled at a pharmacy and not at the veterinarian’s office.

These pharmacies take part in the ProAct program:

Central Square: Lifetime Medical Group, 3045 East Ave.; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 3035 East Ave.; Village Pharmacy, 537 S. Main St.; and Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 3018 East Ave.

Fulton: Fulton Medicine Place, 360 W. First St. S.; Kinney Drugs, 115 Oneida St.; Kmart Pharmacy, 2078 State Route 481; Price Chopper Pharmacy, 12 W. First St., S.; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 110 E. Broadway; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 503 S. Second St.; and Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1818 State Route 3.

Hannibal: Hannibal Pharmacy, 450 Fulton St.; and Rite Aid Pharmacy, 409 Fulton St.

Mexico: Kinney Drugs, 3318 Main St.

Oswego: Kinney Drugs, 174 W. Bridge St.; Price Chopper Pharmacy, 137 State Route 104; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 250 State Route 104; Rite Aid Pharmacy, 33 E. Bridge St.; Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 341 State Route 104 East; and Wayne Drug, 24 W. Bridge St.

Phoenix: The Medicine Place, 464 Main St.

Pulaski: Kinney Drugs, 3873 Rome Road; P & C Pharmacy, 3830 Rome Road; and Rite Aid Pharmacy, 4764 Salina St.

Legislator Proud said the card cannot be used in conjunction with another insurance program in order to discount co-pays or a deductible amount.

In addition to Legislator Proud, members of the Health and Human Services Committee include vice chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5, Constantia; James Karasek, District 22, Fulton; Margaret Kastler, District 1, Sandy Creek; Douglas Malone, District 20, Oswego Town; Morris Sorbello, District 23, Granby; Amy Tresidder, District 16, Oswego; and Terry Wilbur, District 21, Hannibal.

The program is a partnership of the Oswego County Legislature and ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company based in Central New York and a division of Kinney Drugs.

1 Comment

  1. What this article fails explain and what many people don’t know is, where do those discounts come from?

    The discount cards force pharmacies to lower their pricing on prescriptions without offsetting that cost.

    The pharmacies pay for it. If your drug normally costs $30, they say it’s only worth $10. The $20 magically disappears. The municipality is probably charged a fee to provide this service by ProAct.

    In a world where independent pharmacies are getting reimbursed less and less by mega-giant pharmacy benefit managers, local communities increase the pain felt behind the counter by reducing margins further.

    I am an advocate for fair pricing and lower costs for all, but this “savings” is basically robbery. If this was a true discount card paid for by anyone, they should be subsidizing the discount.

    Instead, the ProAct company gets rich by charging fees to the municipalities and not sharing those profits with the pharmacists their taking the savings from.

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