FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: County Residents Save $500,000-Plus with Discount Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

October 1, 2013

County Residents Save $500,000-Plus with Discount Card

In February 2012, Putnam County partnered with ProAct and offered their Prescription Discount Card to its residents. The program, which targets individuals who are uninsured or underinsured by providing financial relief at local participating pharmacies, is available to all residents regardless of age or income. To date, residents have filled more than 8,800 prescriptions using the free discount card and have collectively saved more than $500,000 since the program began.      

By working with ProAct, Putnam became one of a growing number of counties across the country that is able to provide their residents affordable access to prescription medications. Every prescription, including some for pet medications, receives a discount. All a cardholder is required to do to receive the price reduction is show their discount card to the pharmacist. They are then automatically given an average of 10-20 percent off any name brand medications and anywhere from 20-70 percent off generic medications. 

Bringing Putnam residents a program where they could save on their prescription medications was an easy decision for County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“The decision to accept ProAct’s Discount Prescription Card offer made perfect economic sense to us right from the start,” said Odell. “We saw no reason not to help our residents save money on costly prescription medications. Judging by the number of times the card has been used and the amount of money that has been saved since we introduced the program, it seems the people of Putnam agree with that decision. I strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this free, money saving program,” she said. 

The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is free for all county residents. The card is available at several Putnam County offices including the Department of Social Services, 110 Old Route 6 in Carmel; the Health Department, 1 Geneva Road in Brewster; and the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue in Carmel. The ProAct card is also available at all participating pharmacies.  In addition, residents may print out their own card by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.