Monday, November 10, 2008

Drug Discount Cards

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What are drug discount cards?
Drug discount cards are plans that offer discounts on medicine. These programs may be created by a state government, membership associations, non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses.

How much do drug discount cards cost?
Some cards are free, some have an enrollment fee or annual fee and some have monthly fees. Annual fees generally range between $30 and $60 for families; monthly fees generally range from $4.75 to $7.95 per month.

Do any drug companies offer discount cards?

The following is additional information about companies that provide drug discount cards:

Together RxAccess
This drug discount card is sponsored by 10 major pharmaceutical companies--Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis, Takeda and TAP Pharmaceuticals. The card is free and offers a 25%-40%* discount on over 300 brand-name and generic prescription drugs as well as other prescription products, such as glucose test strips.

To be eligible you:

  • Cannot be eligible for Medicare
  • Cannot have prescription drug coverage (public or private)
  • Must have a household income* equal to or less than
    • $30,000 for a single person
    • $40,000 for a family of two
    • $50,000 for a family of three
    • $60,000 for a family of four
    • $70,000 for a family of five
  • Must be a legal US resident

For more information call 1-800-444-4106 or visit:

Merck's Prescription Discount Program
This drug discount card helps those without prescription insurance save 15% to 20% on selected Merck medicines. Enrolling in the program is free. There are no income or age requirements but you must be a legal U.S. resident to be eligible.

The following medicines are covered:

  • EMEND®

To apply visit

Pfizer's "Pfizer Pfriends"
This program helps those without prescription insurance save 15% to 50% on most Pfizer medicines. Enrolling in the program is free. Eligibility and benefit levels will be determined by the applicant's income, depending on individual or family status. You must be a legal U.S. resident to participate. To apply call 1-866-776-3700 or visit

What are discount pharmacy services?

Some stores have discount pharmacy services. For example, Kmart pharmacies have a 90 day generics program for $15, available anywhere in the country where there is a Kmart pharmacy. Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s pharmacies often have competitive prices. Membership is not required to use the pharmacy services. Check,, for pharmacy locations. Costco has a mail order pharmacy service, with no additional charges for standard shipping.