Los Angeles To Offer Prescription Discount Cards to City Residents
Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) unveiled a prescription drug discount program for city residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Villaraigosa said that the city hired Envision Pharmaceutical Services to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to help city residents obtain discounted medicines.
The program will allow residents with discount cards to purchase lower-cost drugs at Envision's 1,500 participating pharmacies (Reston, Los Angeles Times, 9/1). Cardholders are expected to save 5% to 40% on the regular retail price of selected drugs.
The service has no enrollment fees and no eligibility requirements for age or income (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 9/1).
In related news, Alameda County recently launched a prescription drug discount program for its residents.
The program will offer a "Coast2Coast Rx" card to all county residents, regardless of age, health status or income.
Financial Marketing Concepts will negotiate the lower drug prices with participating pharmacies (Metinko, Oakland Tribune, 9/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.