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Free cards give discounts on prescription drugs

Laura Brown
Sun news service

A free discount drug card is being distributed in Nevada County to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for both insured and uninsured residents.

The card will shave 10 to 20 percent off prescription costs and can be used at six western Nevada County pharmacies and three in the Truckee area.

As many as 15,000 adults and 2,000 children in Nevada County were not insured in 2005, according to data recently released by the California Health Interview Survey.

In California, more than 6.5 million adults and 800,000 children go without coverage, said Director Jeffrey Brown of the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.

The tear-off cards can be used when a prescription is not covered by insurance. There is no fee for the card, no forms to fill out, no age or income requirements and no limits on the number of times it can be used. The discount card can be used right away without any processing.

“It costs absolutely nothing,” Brown said.

Caremark Inc., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the nation, is administering the program for its extensive formulary of generic and proprietary drugs.

The county Health Department has ordered 20,000 cards and will distribute some at a booth at the Day of the Young Child event held at Sierra College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

People will soon see the cards at area medical clinics and doctors offices at the county Department of Social Services in the Eric W. Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

While there are numerous such cards available online, many require a small annual fee, Brown said.

For more information, call Brown at 470-2562.