Statewide Prescription Assistance Program Offers a Prescription to High Healthcare Costs

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Americans spend more on prescription drugs than people in any other country: some $45 billion in out-of-pocket dollars in the last year alone. With that in mind, the Georgia Drug Card is reminding physicians that their patients who aren't insured or who take prescription drugs that aren't covered by their health insurance plans, can use the Georgia Drug Card to obtain discounts of up to 80 percent off the retail price for brand and generic FDA-approved medications.

Medical Association of Georgia has been working closely with Georgia Drug Card to distribute free discount prescription cards to all Georgians. The goal of the partnership is to provide additional card distribution channels and create awareness so that all residents will have access to this free statewide prescription assistance program. Georgia Drug Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people that have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

"We believe that the Georgia Drug Card is an easy and innovative way to help patients afford the medications they need," explained Donald Palmisano Jr., CEO of MAG.

Another unique component of the program is their preferred pharmacy option. Georgia Drug Card has chosen CVS/pharmacy as their preferred pharmacy so that residents who don't have access to a computer and can't obtain a hard card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy to have their prescriptions processed through Georgia Drug Card. Residents can simply reference "Georgia Drug Card" to have their prescription processed through the program. Georgia Drug Card is accepted at over 56,000 participating regional and national pharmacies.

"We strongly believe that this is an easy and innovative way to help the residents of Georgia find affordable prescription options," states Program Director, John A. Cenerazzo III.

Georgia Drug Card has helped residents save over $43 million since its inception in July 2010. You can help by encouraging your patients to print a free Georgia Drug Card at www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com. Georgia Drug Card is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. You can search "Free Rx iCard" in the app store. Any physicians who are interested in ordering free cards for their clinic/hospital can email John A. Cenerazzo III, Program Director, at johnc@georgiadrugcard.com .