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October 18, 2011

Oswego County Residents Save $3 Million in Prescription Costs with Rx Discount Cards

OSWEGO - Oswego County has surpassed yet another milestone with the County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. At the end of September, residents of Oswego County surpassed the $3 million savings mark. Since the start of this program in February of 2008, residents have filled more than 114,000 prescriptions with an average savings of 46 percent or $26.44.

"Oswego County teamed up with ProAct, Inc. to ease the financial burden that many uninsured and underinsured residents experience when purchasing their prescriptions," said County Legislator John Proud (District 7, Mexico), chairman of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee. "The County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program also offers savings on vision, hearing, and LASIK services."

This cost-free program has been made available for county residents through a partnership with ProAct, Inc.

"We are all well aware that prescription drug prices are steadily on the rise," said Legislator Proud. "This program has allowed for residents, both uninsured and underinsured, to experience financial relief at the pharmacy counter without the county or residents incurring any costs."

The cards are available at many local pharmacies and at various Oswego County departments, including County Clerk's Office, Health Department and Social Services. The card can also be printed from the ProAct website at www.NYRxDiscountCard.com. There are no prerequisites to take advantage of this program.Consumers simply present the discount card at a participating pharmacy.

In addition to Legislator Proud, members of the Health and Human Services Committee include vice chairman Jacob Mulcahey, District 15, Oswego; Barbara Brown, District 8, Palermo; James Karasek, District 22, Fulton; Margaret Kastler, District 1, Sandy Creek; Ronald Sakonyi, District 5, Constantia; and Terry Wilbur, District 21, Hannibal.

The ProAct Prescription Drug Discount Card Program is endorsed by 46 counties across New York State. These counties have jointly filled over 2.2 million prescriptions which equates to over $64 million in savings. ProAct, Inc. is a Pharmacy Benefit Management Company based in Central New York and a division of Kinney Drugs.

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