11/14/13: County Residents Save Over $8 Million on Prescription Costs

Modified: January 23, 2015 3:09pm

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ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County residents participating in the Erie County Prescription Discount Card Program have collectively saved more than $8 million on over 194,000 prescriptions filled since the Program’s implementation in April 2012. The Program, administered by ProAct, Inc., is designed to provide individuals with little or no prescription coverage access to affordable medications, and is completely free to Erie County and participating residents.

“With the price of prescription drugs rapidly rising, many residents find themselves in the difficult position of not being able to afford the prescription drugs they need to maintain their health and quality of life. That is unacceptable and doesn’t need to happen,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “No one should have to go without needed medication because they can’t afford it, and thanks to this program they don’t have to. I encourage all County residents, especially those without prescription coverage, to take advantage of this program.”

The Erie County Discount Card Program covers every medication, and is accepted at most pharmacies within Erie County as well as at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. The discount card program saves residents an average of 10-20% on their brand name medications and 20–70% on generics. Local pharmacies have filled more than 194,000 prescriptions since the Program’s inception at an average savings of 54% per prescription, adding up to more than $8 million in savings for participants.

Participants in the program present a card at participating pharmacies to receive savings. Each vendor or pharmacy benefit manager negotiates discounts directly with participating drug store chains. Savings for the program have also been extended to include vision, hearing, LASIK services, a low cost dental coverage program, and some pet medications.

For more information regarding the Erie County Discount Card Program, visit