County launches discount drug card program

El Paso County launched a prescription discount program today that is available to its residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.

The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, which has negotiated a high-volume discount with Caremark, which gets the medicine from the pharmaceutical companies. The average savings is 23 percent. 

El Paso County, the largest county in Colorado, is the 22nd county in the state to adopt the program, which was created more than two years ago.

Commissioner Sallie Clark said the program said the program took longer to launch here because the county wanted to make sure all of the partnerships and distributing agencies were on the same page.

Douglas County, which borders El Paso County to the north and includes the Castle Rock area has had the program in place for about two years. Officials there said the program has been well accepted and that human resource administrators receive a couple of requests for the card every week.

Interested El Paso County residents are not reqired to submit forms or pay membership fees. The card can be used at more than 80 pharmacies and can be picked up at the county’s clerk and recorder offices, treasurer’s office, assessor’s office, department of human services, health department and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

Clarke said the cards are especially useful for small businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees.

For more information about the discount cards, call 520-MEDS, or visit www.elpasoco.com.

One Response to County launches discount drug card program

  1. The 1,000 plus physician members of the El Paso County Medical Society have offered the Physician’s Rx Care (PRC) discount drug card at no cost to any person in our community who is paying out-of-pocket for prescription medications since 2005. Patients utilizing the EPCMS Physician’s Rx Care discount drug card save on all brand name and generic prescription medications at over 55,000 pharmacies in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam and over 60 in El Paso and Teller County. As of the end of 1st quarter 2009: over 42,000 prescriptions filled; $517,950 total savings over U&C of $1,636,824; in the 1st quarter of 2009 the average savings for individuals using the EPCMS card was 37%; over 50,000 cards have been requested and distributed.

    This card functions along with the Prescription Assistance Solution Service (PASS) program that has put over five million dollars in free prescriptions into the hands of El Paso and Teller county residents. For more information call our coordinator, Diana Atcheson at 719.329.7103.

    Diana Atcheson
    June 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm