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Wake County Launches Prescription Drug Discount Card

Posted October 2, 2007

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— Wake County launched a discount card program Monday to help people out with the high cost of prescription drugs. 

National Association of Counties (NACo) Prescription Drug Discount Cards are available at Wake County government buildings and most pharmacies. The card can be used to purchase prescription drugs that aren't covered by insurance plans or if the consumer has no insurance, officials said.

"This is a great program for everyone," Tony Gurley, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, said in a statement. "Some people have to make choices between fulfilling their basic needs and purchasing prescription drugs that may save their lives or improve their health. We are pleased to be able to assist not only the uninsured and underinsured, but also those whose health insurance does not cover all of their prescription needs."

The card may be used by all Wake County residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.

Consumers will save an average of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs at retail locations and are eligible for higher discounts on a three-month supply of some medications through mail service.