Memphis offers discount drug program for residents

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery unveiled plans Thursday to save Memphis residents money on their prescription drugs, and the simple program is already making a difference.

73-year-old Ruby Haynes lives on a fixed income. The retired teacher says she's thrilled about a program that helps her purchase her arthritis medicine.

"This is fantastic! I didn't even know about this," she said. "You think I don't appreciate it? I hope I don't start crying!"

The City of Memphis is making free prescription drug discount cards for residents like Haynes through a partnership with the National League of Cities.

"The card is offered to all city residents," said Lowery. "It's free. There are no age or income restrictions or limits as to how many times individuals can use the card."

The card has no enrollment or membership fees and is designed to help residents save 20 percent on prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.

"We see the average savings of over $10 per prescription in the 20 percent range. That comes out to about $10 to $15," said Brad Stone with CVS/Caremark.

Residents can present the card at any participating pharmacy to receive the discount.

"It'll be a great savings, especially for the elderly," said Haynes. "But there are other young people that really don't have the money."

The free prescription drug discount cards are available at all City of Memphis buildings, libraries and community centers.

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