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Oldsmar launches prescription drug discount card program

OLDSMAR — Oldsmar rolled out its free prescription drug discount card program on Friday, giving its under-insured and uninsured residents some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs.

The card offers average savings of 24 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs, according to the National League of Cities, which started the discount card program in January 2009. In its first year, savings across the country totaled $1.4 million, said Marc Shapiro, the league's director of enterprise programs.

"People are calling to learn where to pick up the cards," Oldsmar spokeswoman Holly LiBaire said Friday.

For the launch, the city made a total of 300 cards available at City Hall, the library and four other locations. If residents prefer, they can print out their cards online and begin using them at the Walmart, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies on Tampa Road.

In addition to those three local stores, more than 60,000 other participating locations will accept the cards.

Here's how the program works:

• There are no enrollment forms, no limits on the number of times that individuals can use the cards and no restrictions based on age, income level or existing health coverage.

• The cards cannot be used in conjunction with Medicaid, Medicare or any other insurance plan.

• Pets are covered if they need prescribed medications used to treat human conditions, too.

"Whether or not an individual has prescription coverage, this program can make it easier for Oldsmar residents to afford the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or stay healthy by managing a chronic condition," LiBaire said.

Rodney Thrash can be reached at or (727) 445-4167.

Where to find the cards

The prescription cards are available online at or at the following locations:

• Oldsmar City Hall, 100 W State St.

• Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 W State St.

• Oldsmar Public Library, 400 E St. Petersburg Drive

• Municipal Services Building, 300 Commerce Blvd.

• Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 N Pine Ave.

• Oldsmar Fire Rescue, 225 N Pine Ave.

Oldsmar launches prescription drug discount card program 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 8:02pm]
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