Jan 24, 2012
NLC PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM HELPS CITY RESIDENTS RECEIVE $12K SAVINGS IN 2 YEARS
Prescription Drug Discount Card, available at all City buildings, offers average savings of 25%; Launched in October 2009, Somerville was first City in MA to offer the program.
SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Health
Department Director Paulette Renault-Caragianes announced that after two years
of partnering with the National League of Cities on its Prescription Drug
Discount program, Somerville residents and employees have realized more than
$12,000 in savings, 25% savings since the program's launch in October 2009. The program is designed to help residents
seeking relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The City of Somerville was the first
Massachusetts municipality to offer the program through the NLC, and after
seeing more than $5,000 savings in year one, costs have continued to decrease
for program participants.
are so pleased to see the positive impact that this program has already made
for Somerville residents, and we want to see the usage and savings continue to
climb as we move forward," said Renault-Caragianes. "The NLC has helped us create additional ways
to help residents save money and offer significant public health benefits, and
we're grateful for their leadership and support."
NLC discount cards are available at all
municipal buildings, local businesses, and by visiting www.caremark.com/nlc, and may be
used by any resident of Somerville - there are no restrictions based on age,
income level or existing health coverage. Cards can be used when purchasing
prescription drugs at many area pharmacies as well as more than 59,000
participating retail pharmacies across the country. Participating
pharmacies in or near Somerville include Ciampa Apothecary, CVS, Inman
Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Skenderian Apothecary, Stop&Shop, Target, and
Walgreens. The discount card program is
administered by CVS Caremark.
For more information, please
contact the Somerville Health Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 4300.