Official: Prescription drug card proves worth

By George Chappell,
Posted Dec. 19, 2008, at 9 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County official said Friday that three out of every four residents using the county’s prescription drug card in November saved 27 percent from the retail price of their medicine.

“November was the second-busiest month for the program in terms of users and cost savings,” said Ray Sisk, director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, which administers the county’s prescription drug discount program.

The latest report for Knox County shows that 76.4 percent of county residents were able to save on their prescription prices.

“The average cost savings per prescription this month was $12.39,” Sisk said in a press release Friday.

Since its inception in February, the county discount program has been used to fill 355 prescriptions at an overall average saving of $13.88 for each prescription filled or refilled, Sisk said.

To date, county residents have saved nearly $6,500 by using this free program offered through the National Association of Counties, of which Knox County is a member.

Any Knox County resident is eligible regardless of age or income level. Enrollment in the program is easy, Sisk said. Discount cards are available in each town office, the county administrative offices and many local libraries.

“To use the program, simply present the discount card when you place your prescription order,” Sisk said.

Statistics continue to show that three out of every four people who use the card will step away from the counter with a little more money in their pockets, he added.

For information, or to get a card by mail, call the Knox EMA office at 594-5155.

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