Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino spoke yesterday at Cary’s Pharmacy in Dobbs Ferry about a new drug discount program that will help reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Westchester residents.
The ProAct Prescription Drug Discount card will help residents who are either uninsured or under-insured save on average 10 to 20 percent on brand drugs and 20 to 70 percent on generics.
"It's exciting because it allows people to buy drugs at a discount," Astorino said, standing in .
He said his administration hopes this card provides real relief for residents for whom the cost of prescription drugs can be a real hardship if someone is uninsured or is taking a medication that is not covered by his or her insurance plan.
The ProAct card will be accepted at most Westchester County pharmacies and more than 56,000 participating locations nationwide.
The ProAct Prescription Drug Discount Program will not cost taxpayers anything. The discounts are made possible through negotiations with participating locations.
Residents can expect to start receiving the card in the mail within the week.
Concerned that residents who haven't heard of the plan already would throw the card away when it comes in the mail, Astorino emphasized that this program is not a scam and that residents should take full advantage of the opportunity.
The card is also good for discounts on vision, hearing services, and various pet medicines. Dental benefits are available with an additional fee of $36.50 for an individual and $52 for a family.
The card cannot be combined with a current insurance plan.
For more information, including the list of participating pharmacies, visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com or toll-free at 877-776-2285.