Oswego County residents have saved more than $4 million in prescription drug costs by using the Pro-Act prescription discount card, Legislator John Proud, chairman of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, said.
Since the program’s inception in 2008, county residents have filled more than 140,000 prescriptions, with an average price savings of $28.54 each.
“The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program has been available to Oswego County residents for just over four years,” said Legislator Proud, District 7, Mexico. “The discount card was introduced to ensure that local residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at an affordable price.”
At the start of the program, discount cards were mailed directly to every household.
Cards are also available at local pharmacies and at county agencies such as the Department of Social Services, Health Department, and Office for the Aging. People may also print out their own discount card by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com
The Oswego County discount card program covers every medication, including some pet medications.
Cards are accepted at most pharmacies within Oswego County and at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.
The discount card program is saving residents an average of 10 to 20 percent on brand name medications and 20 to 70 percent on generic medications.
“The program is available to residents at no cost to the county or the taxpayers,” said Legislator Proud. “There are no fees associated with filling a prescription. Simply present the discount card at your local pharmacy when picking up a prescription medication.”
The program has been extended to include savings in vision, hearing and LASIK services, as well as a low-cost dental coverage program.
“The costs of prescription medications are continuously rising, and the uninsured and underinsured residents are the individuals who feel the effect of these costs the most,” said Legislator Proud. “The discount card program is a great way to ensure that every resident has access to affordable medications without the county or the card user incurring any costs.”
In addition to Legislator Proud, members of the Health and Human Services Committee include committee vice chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; James Karasek, District 22; Margaret Kastler, District 1; Douglas Malone, District 20; Morris Sorbello, District 23; Amy Tresidder, District 16; and Terry Wilbur, District 21.
For more information regarding the Oswego County Discount Card Program, call the ProAct Help Desk toll free at 1-877-776-2285 or visit their website at www.NYRxDiscountCard.com