2012-01-18 / Civics and Politics / Briefly Noted

Countywide Rx Plan Underway Soon


All residents of Putnam County will soon be eligible to receive discount prescriptions thanks to the Pro-Act Discount Prescription Drug Card Program.

Last month the Putnam Legislature unanimously approved the plan that was to have taken effect on January 1. The plan--endorsed by the New York State Association of Counties and operated by the Syracuse-based firm described as a full service pharmacy benefit management company--has been delayed since the company has not yet designed the logo for the Putnam card. Lawmakers were emphatic that the official identification contain no picture or name of any county official.

At last week’s meeting of the Legislature’s Health Committee, Chairman Sam Oliverio recommended that the county seal be placed on the documentation: “Enough with politics already. Let’s get the cards into the hands of the people who need them.”

According to the company’s website, Pro-Act that was incorporated in 1999 contains a 99 percent annual satisfaction rate among its subscribers.

The client base is composed of municipalities, universities, not for profit organizations and long-term facilities in addition to the NYS Department of Corrections.

Oliverio said “whether an individual has insurance or not the ability to get the card for free at no cost to constituents or county government, is a win-win. Consumers will benefit by receiving anywhere from 39 percent to 50 percent off on their drug purchases.”

Discount cards can be used at all area participating pharmacies and cover all prescription medications—both brand name and generics—as well as most prescriptions for pets.

Oliverio said large chains serving the area including Walgreen’s, Rite-Aid and CVS honor the program, as do a “large number of smaller mom and pop drug stores.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who was also in attendance at last week’s meeting, endorsed the program: “The drug discount cards will soon be available to all county residents without regard to age, income or employment status and at no expense to the card holder. It’s a “win-win” for everyone.




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