Residents can save on prescriptions

MIFFLINTOWN – All Juniata County residents have the opportunity to save money on prescription drug purchases.

Allison Fisher, director of human services, reminded residents of the county’s discount benefits during a Tuesday meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners. She said prescription discount cards, provided through the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, function as coupons and are not attached to residents’ personal or public information.

The county receives discount cards at no cost through its membership with the National Association of Counties. Cards are available to any county resident, regardless of income, she said. On average, cardholders save 30 percent on their prescriptions by presenting the coupon at their pharmacies.

Commissioner Teresa O’Neal said residents with insurance also benefit. The card can be used to discount the cost of any medication not covered by insurance plans. Pet and livestock owners also may use the card for human medications prescribed to their animals.

Fisher said cards are valid at Juniata County pharmacies and the pharmacy at Wal-Mart in Lewistown.

At one time, about 500 residents were using the cards, she said. Numbers have decreased in recent months, but benefits are still available. O’Neal said cards have saved residents $324,569 since the program began in 2006.

Information about the discount card program, and the ability to print the card itself, are available on the county website, Cards also are available at the courthouse and pharmacies throughout Juniata County.