Scriptsave To Offer Discount Prescriptions

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Payson's uninsured or underinsured patients, as well as seniors who lost their Medicare HMO prescription drug coverage as of January 2001, can now take advantage of a new prescription drug discount program which offers instant point-of-sale discounts of up to 35 or 50 percent at local participating pharmacies.

Central Arizona Independent Providers Association (CAIPA) partnered with the prescription drug discount program to bring the savings to Rim country effective April 2.

"The program is targeted to help offset the spiraling cost of prescriptions for our patients most affected by this economic fact," said Dr. Mark Ivey, Jr., M.D., president of CAIPA.

"We are committed to providing the best care to our patients. ScriptSave is just one way we are able to assist them in staying on their medications in order to achieve and maintain their best health."

Through plan sponsors such as CAIPA and other insurance and health care organizations, ScriptSave provides access to a nationwide pharmacy network that grants exclusive discounts to cardholders.

Patients of CAIPA simply present their card and prescription or refill to any participating pharmacy to receive instant discounts on their retail prescription drugs, whether brand name or generic.

Although Safeway pharmacy is the only Payson-area participant, others may be added to the program in the future, said CAIPA manager Sandy Dina.

The program is free, and there are no claims or paperwork to process.

Currently, ScriptSave cardholders nationwide are saving more than $10 million per month. While individual savings can reach as high as 35 or 50 percent, the average per-purchase savings is around 20 to 22 percent, according to spokesperson Kimberly McCormick of the company's Tucson headquarters.

Independently owned and operated, officials say that their company is America's leading prescription drug discount program. Hundreds of plan sponsors which provide the program brought over $90.3 million in savings to their individual customers in the year 2000, McCormick said.

Lenice Lee, nutrition director of the Payson Senior Center, thinks that all of this should come as great news to the area's elderly, underinsured, uninsured and, especially, senior citizens on fixed incomes.

"We are really excited about CAIPA bringing ScriptSave to Payson," Lee said. "Right now, many area seniors have to make a choice between eating or buying their medicines. This is a welcome relief."

According to Charles Horn, president and CEO of ScriptSave, sponsorship of the program represents "a very proactive step by the physicians of CAIPA. "I commend them for recognizing their patients' struggle with increasing health -care costs, and for stepping in with the easy and effective solution of ScriptSave."

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