Magazine article Drug Topics

M.D.S, R.Ph.S Offer Seniors' Discount Card

Magazine article Drug Topics

M.D.S, R.Ph.S Offer Seniors' Discount Card

Article excerpt

Not so very long ago, Long Island pharmacists were angrily picketing physicians. Now, the two professions are cooperating to offer the Medicare crowd a low-cost prescription drug card good for significant discounts at their local participating independent pharmacy.

The North Shore Physicians Organization (NSPO), a group of 1,200 physicians, launched the pharmacy savings program for their elderly patients. And more than 30 independent pharmacies have signed up to participate in the initiative.

The Doctors' Rx discount card costs seniors $3 a month and $1 for spouses. In return, cardholders save up to 15% on brand-name drugs and up to 40% on generics. They also are entitled to a 10%o discount on other purchases at the participating independents. The savings could be significant for Medicare-age patients who typically have to purchase medications out of pocket. The program is administered by National Medical Card Systems Inc., a pharmacy benefit manager.

The prescription card deal was worked out between the physicians' group and the Long Island Pharmacists Society (LIPS). After four months of negotiation, the two groups developed the drug benefit project that's partly intended to keep seniors out of the clutches of the Medicare HMO crowd. …

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