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News Release    

November 15, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000
E-mail: countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

Participation in DC Prescription Drug Discount Card Program Soars

Poughkeepsie “The popularity of the Dutchess County Prescription Drug Discount Card continues to rise as residents realize just how much can be saved by using the card,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.    Dutchess County residents have saved more $239,000 on prescription drug purchases from January 2007 through September 2007 using the Prescription Drug Discount Card.  

“Our Dutchess County Prescription Drug Discount Card is designed to help residents cope with the high price of prescription drugs and ensure they are able to afford the medication they need,” said Steinhaus.  “We are pleased to see how many people are taking advantage of the savings offered through this program.”

The Dutchess County Prescription Drug Discount Card is available FREE of charge to all Dutchess County residents in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The program offers an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.  The program has been designed to be simple, easy and convenient.   There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.   The discount card can be used any time a prescription is not already covered by insurance. All county residents, regardless of age or income, can take advantage of the discount card, which is accepted at more than 55 pharmacies participating countywide.   A national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the NACo prescription discount drug card.

According to a NACo status report for January through September 2007, more than 7,200 residents filled over 16,700 prescriptions using the Dutchess County Prescription Drug Discount Card, a 10% increase over the 6,500 residents who utilized the program for all of 2006.   Savings averaged $14.25 per prescription, a savings of nearly 25% off the original price.     Residents have saved more than $565,000 since Dutchess County Government began the program partnership with NACo in February 2005.

Participation in the program spiked dramatically in August and September as residents responded to a “Dutchess County Government Cares” information mailing to residents 60 years and older outlining the benefits of the program.    “Thanks to our outreach efforts, participation increased nearly 75% in August and September as compared to the same months last year,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “The ultimate goal of all our outreach efforts is to inform residents about the programs and services available to them through County Government, and we are extremely pleased to see how effective those efforts have been so far.”

Residents who wish to obtain a Dutchess County Prescription Discount Card can pick one up at the County’s Health Department, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Hygiene or at the Division of Aging Services.  The cards are also available at area non-profits, such as Dutchess County Community Action Agency, with locations in Beacon, Dover and Poughkeepsie, and at many local pharmacies. For a complete list of participating pharmacies, log-on to http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us, or contact the Dutchess County Health Department at 845/486-3400.

The Program is administered by Caremark.



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