Discount drug cards could save Mississippians thousands

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – More Northeast Mississippi residents have access to discount prescriptions at local pharmacies with Prentiss County signing onto a free prescription drug discount card program.
People may sign up and print out the cards online and begin using them immediately.
“Prentiss County is proud to be one of the counties nationwide participating with the National Association of Counties,” said Mike Huddleston, president of the Prentiss Board of Supervisors. “The NACO prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uinsured and underinsured residents of our county. Best of all, there is no cost to county taxpayers to make these money-saving cards available to our residents.”
In addition to signing up at www.caremark.com/naco to print out a card, cards will be available at all Prentiss County courthouse offices and can be used immediately at participating pharmacies, said Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds.
Prentiss County joins 25 other Mississippi counties that have signed up for the discount cards, six of them in north Mississippi: Calhoun, DeSoto, Lee, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union.
The discount card gives users access to about 60,000 pharmacies nationwide that offer the discounts that average about 22 percent off the retail price for prescribed drugs.
Anyone in the county may obtain a card, even those who have prescription coverage.
“They can use the card to save money on medications that are not covered by their health plan,” Huddleston said.
Mississippians also may obtain another prescription discount card that is available to everyone living in the state.
The Mississippi Drug Card Plan was implemented in early 2008, and may give consumers savings of up to 75 percent on prescription medications at participating pharmacies.
The Web site to print out a discount card is www.mississippidrugcard.com. Chain pharmacies such as Fred’s, Walgreens, Kmart, Walmart and thousands of independent local pharmacies accept the discount card.
Both online sites offer a search where the consumer can type in the name of the medication and find out what the usual retail price would be without the discount.
Both discount card programs also have extensive drug lists of thousands of medications, and offer discounts on generics as well as brand name drugs.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.