NACo program saves residents more than $108 million on prescription drugs
The Washington-based National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Prescription Drug Discount Card Program has saved American consumers more than $108 million on 9.6 million prescriptions since the program began four years ago, according to NACo. NACo member counties make the cards available free to residents regardless of age, income or health status, and the cards provide discounts on all commonly prescribed medications, including pet medication.
The program was created in 2004 as a 17-county pilot program and has grown to include more than 1,060 counties and 59,000 retail pharmacies. Card users save an average of 22.8 percent off the regular retail price of covered medicines. “Many families are struggling to make ends meet with record high gas and food prices. People need their medicine, but the costs continue to take up a larger portion of household budgets,” said NACo President Don Stapley in a statement. “By taking advantage of the savings available with the NACo card, families are able to use those extra dollars on other necessities.”
More than two dozen participating counties have saved more than $1 million for their residents, with Montgomery County, Md., realizing the most savings, $9.4 million. More information on the program is available at www.naco.org.