Mary­land Rx Card pro­vides drug dis­counts

Maryland Independent - - Business -

MedChi, The Mary­land State Med­i­cal So­ci­ety based in Bal­ti­more, con­tin­ues to work with Mar yland Rx Card to cre­ate aware­ness and help Mary­land res­i­dents ob­tain dis­count drug cards, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

To­gether, Mar yland Rx Card and MedChi are work­ing to ed­u­cate physi­cians, clin­ics, hos­pi­tals, county health de­part­ments and ur­gent care clin­ics through­out the state to dis­trib­ute hard cards to any­one in need. This free pre­scrip­tion card is avail­able on­line for ever yone in Mar yland by vis­it­ing­card and print­ing a card. Res­i­dents with no in­ter­net ac­cess can visit any Gi­ant phar­macy and ask the phar­ma­cist to process their pre­scrip­tion through the Mary­land Rx Card.

Car­men Kon­ert, pro­gram de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Mary­land Rx Card, said in the re­lease that “since its in­cep­tion in 2010, the Mar yland Rx Card has saved $97,258,644 in drug costs for unin­sured and un­der­in­sured Mary­lan­ders.”

All Mar yland res­i­dents are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the Mary­land Rx Card pro­gram. There are no re­stric­tions to mem­ber­ship or ap­pli­ca­tions to fill out. The card is ac­cepted at over 56,000 re­gional and na­tional phar­ma­cies.

Un­der the Mary­land Rx Card Pro­gram more than 200,000 Mar ylan­ders have re­ceived a free pre­scrip­tion drug card since the pro­gram launched in June 2009.

The plan is help­ful for those with no in­sur­ance, but it is just as im­por­tant for peo­ple with high de­ductible plans. The Mary­land Rx Card can be used by in­di­vid­u­als who have high de­ductible plans, do not qual­ify for pub­licly funded pro­grams such as Med­i­caid and Medi­care, and by peo­ple who re­ceive their med­i­ca­tions through char­ity care providers (un­der 340B, a fed­er­ally funded pro­gram which grants dis­counts to providers) and re­quire a drug that is not avail­able to them.

“MedChi is very con­cerned about drug prices and that’s why we work with the Mary­land Rx Card. Pa­tients need to have ac­cess to their medicines; price should not be a bar­rier to their ac­cess to drugs,” Gene Ran­som, MedChi CEO, said in the news re­lease. MedChi is work­ing on other phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cost re­lated is­sues to help pa­tients have ac­cess to their medicine.

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