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Butler County commissioners approve drug discount program

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Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Butler County commissioners voted last week to approve a prescription drug discount program for county residents.

The Coast2Coast RX card likely will be available in early fall, said Stephen Rohm, national sales manager for the company. The card is free, available to anyone and can be used immediately.

The commissioners unanimously approved adoption of the card, which will primarily be given out in pharmacies.

There is no cost to the county, said Peggy Abersold, an administrative assistant to commissioner Jim Eckstein.

Township, city and county governments across the country, and local United Way agencies, all provide the card.

“It appears to be the best option for county residents,” said Abersold.

The card replaces a similar program run by Caremark through the National Association of Counties, Abersold said.

Under Coast2Coast, pharmacies agree to give discounts to attract more customers, Rohm said.

Customers saved an average of 61 percent last year with the card, though the range is 5 to 95 percent, on both brand name drugs and generic drugs, Rohm said.

About 59,000 pharmacies accept the card, including all large chain stores, many regional stores and independent pharmacies, Rohm said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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