Clatsop County has joined a new program to help county residents manage the cost of prescription medications.

Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties, the free prescription discount card program provides Clatsop County residents with a card that can save them an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medications.

The card is available for use regardless of age or income and can be used by those who do not have insurance or who have prescriptions not covered by insurance.

The card can also be used to save money on some pet medications. It is accepted at 65,000 pharmacies nationwide including all the major chains like Wal-Mart, CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Giant, Safeway and Rite Aid. Participating pharmacies also include the majority of community-based, independent pharmacies.

The prescription discount cards are available in Clatsop County at numerous locations. For a complete list of locations go to www.co.clatsop.or.us. The cards can also be printed from www.nacorx.org. Residents can locate the nearest participating pharmacy from the same website or call toll-free at 1-877-321-2652 for assistance with the program.

The program is administered by CVS Caremark. It is not an insurance plan.

“We are pleased to work with counties across the country to bring cost-saving programs to those who need them,” said Riki Hokama, president of the National Association of Counties. “Our ultimate goal is to help counties and their residents, and efforts like this offer them an important service.”

Clatsop County joins more than 1,400 counties across the country offering the prescription discount card program to residents. Since the program’s inception in 2005, participating counties have saved their residents more than $586 million on the cost of their prescriptions.

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