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Town helps residents with drug card [The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C.]

By Calvin Adkins, The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

April 20--TARBORO -- The Town of Tarboro is offering prescription discount cards to help residents who are without health insurance, a traditional pharmacy benefit plan or have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The free program provides an average savings of 23 percent off the full retail cost of prescriptions.

Cards may be picked up at Town Hall, the Library, Thorne Drug and Bryan Drugs. The cards can be used at Thorne Drugs, both Bryan Drugs locations, Walmart, Rite Aide and Freedom Hill Community Health Center in Princeville.

"During these tough economic times, some people have to choose whether to put gas in the car, buy food or buy medicine," said Town of Tarboro Human Resource Manager Vivian Washington. "These cards could help them. We want to do as much for the citizens of Tarboro as we can."

The cards are administered through the National League of Cities (NLC). The town neither pays toward the cost of drugs, nor does it receive money from the sale of drugs purchased with the card.

To participate, a city must be a member of NLC. The role of the city is to promote the program through local media and the city's website and to make the prescription discount cards available to those residents who might benefit from the program.

Tarboro started the program March 1, but on Wednesday, Washington said she didn't know how many citizens were using the cards.

Tom Thorne, co-owner of Thorne Drugs, said his store has seen a small number of the cards. He blames the low participation on a variety of similar cards on the market.

According to the NLC website, there are currently more than 460 cities participating in the program -- from Chicago (population 2.8 million) to St. Agatha, Maine (population 820) -- with savings of more than $5.6 million to-date.

"I think it's is a good thing," said town manager Alan Thornton. "If we can help our citizens, I think we're doing a good service."

For program information, locate a pharmacy, look up drug price, or access health resources visit or call toll-free 1-88-620-1749.

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