Free Prescription Drug Card Launched in Pennsylvania

December 18, 2008

Pennsylvania Drug Card Provides Prescription Assistance to Residents

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ – A new statewide discount drug card program called the Pennsylvania Drug Card is now available to all Pennsylvania residents. The program, which is free to all Pennsylvanians, will provide savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs with average savings around 30%. There are no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limit and no applications to fill out. Pennsylvania Drug Card is accepted at over 50,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country.

Pennsylvanians can download a “FREE” card by visiting WWW.PADRUGCARD.COM. Anyone not able to access the website, or otherwise obtain a member card, can visit any ACME SAV-ON Pharmacy, Target Pharmacy, Kmart Pharmacy, Giant Eagle Pharmacy, Giant Pharmacy, King’s Pharmacy, Mr. Z’s Pharmacy, and Scot’s Lo-Cost Pharmacy location in Pennsylvania. Simply ask the pharmacist to process your prescription through the Pennsylvania Drug Card in order to receive a discount.

The Pennsylvania Drug Card Program was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Pennsylvania afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. “The people of Pennsylvania need a program like this to help offset rising prescription drug costs,” states Program Director, Kerry Shaw. “This program couldn’t have come at a better time as the struggling economy continues to leave more people without jobs and benefits.”

The Pennsylvania Drug Card can also be used by individuals who do not qualify for publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. It can also be used by people who receive their medicines through charity care providers such as 340B, a federally funded program that grants discounts to providers, and require a drug that is not available to them. This program even covers some pet medications that are available at participating pharmacies. The Pennsylvania Drug Card Program has no restrictions or participation requirements and is open to every resident of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Drug Card is being funded through the support of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The program is supported by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as an initiative that can benefit Chamber members as well as all Pennsylvania residents.

“We encourage all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to help offset the rising prices of prescription drugs purchased in Pennsylvania,” said Mark Schweiker, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and former Governor of Pennsylvania. “The Pennsylvania Drug Card is easy to use and has no eligibility restrictions. Whether you work for a company, or you are self- employed, or not employed, this card may save you money on your prescription medications.”

The Pennsylvania Drug Card is a solution to the confusing maze of discount programs that have appeared in recent years. Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees, and some have membership restrictions such as age and income requirements. The Pennsylvania Drug Card provides the residents of Pennsylvania with a simple solution. The Pennsylvania Drug Card has an “open formulary” which means that all drugs are included, has “on the fly enrollment” which means that no eligibility data is required to process a prescription, and everyone is eligible to participate in the program. Furthermore, the Pennsylvania Drug Card will not share, sell, or distribute personal information for any reason.

You can download a free card and search drug pricing and participating pharmacies at www.padrugcard.com.

SOURCE PADrugCard.com

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