The News and Farmer - The Jefferson Reporter (October 2014)

John Cenerazzo directs a program that helps people pay for prescription drugs. Cenerazzo said the program, Georgia Drug Card, assists people without prescription coverage, people who have insurance but need medications not covered and people who have insurance with high deductibles.

Using the card reduces the amount customers owe the pharmacy.

"Throughout the month of October for every person who uses the Georgia Drug Card a donation is being made to the Breast Cancer Society," Cenerazzo said.

"This is the second year that we've done this program. We had a lot of success with it. Last year, we were able to raise $1,200. We'd like to do it every year," he said.

Improving breast cancer awareness is an issue close to Cenerazzo.

" I'ts kind of a personal matter. I have a relative who had breast cancer and is a survivor,"he said, adding this touches him personally.

"My aunt had breast cancer and is a survivor. Through this program I was actually able to help her afford her medications" he said.

This personal connection with a breast cancer patient and survivor gave him the idea to work with the Breast Cancer Society.

Cenerazzo said his program's mission goes hand in hand with the Breast Cancer Society's mission.

"They're out there to help others who need assistance. Our mission aligns with theirs. Our mission is to provide prescription assistance to Georgians in need, help them afford the medications that they need," he said.

Georgia Drug Card launched in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia in 2010.

Cenerazzo said they launched the program as an initiative to help people in the state who otherwise could not afford their medicines.

"We're with well over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. Both chains and independents accept our program. The usage will transfer over to another state; but, the program was launched for residents in Georgia," he said.

Georgians can visit the program's website at www.georgiadrugcard.com to get a card or visit a CVS pharmacy.

Cenerazzo said anyone without access to the internet can still use the program.

"We have a preferred pharmacy; and, that is CVS," he said. Georgia residents without internet access or a printer can use CVS for to fill their prescriptions without having to use a hard card.

"We are working with the Medical Association of Georgia to create more distribution sites throughout the state. You can request complimentary hard card by sending me an email at johnc@georgiadrugcard.com or by calling me directly," Cenerazzo said. His number is 404-630-4500.

"We are actually funded through the participation of pharmaceutical companies. We are not a state-funded program. We receive a small revenue from usage that comes down line from our program administrator, which is RESTAT, Cenerazzo said.

"Our program is completely confidential. We don't see any customer information. We don't collect any customer information," he said.