Monroe County Joins Prescription Medicine Discount Program

Monroe County will receive one dollar for every time a resident uses the prescription medicine discount card at a pharmacy in the county.

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Monroe County could benefit from discount prescription medicine cards.

Using the Monroe County Drug Card now not only saves the public money but the county as well. For every uninsured prescription filled with the drug card, Monroe County will be reimbursed one dollar.

Monroe County Assessor Judy Sharp says the deal should put about  $60,000 a year back into county coffers.

“For Monroe County citizens it’s a win-win situation,” Sharp says. “And I don’t know what we’ll spend that little bit of money on but that little bit of money will add up and the more drugs that we buy the more money that comes into the general fund.”

The new program is being offered by the National Association of County Officials, an organization that lobbies for member counties across the country. Those using the drug card will save 24 percent on average when filling prescritptions at Monroe County pharmacies.

Anyone buying pharmaceuticals is eligible to use the card, as long as the medications are purchased in Monroe County. Drug cards can be picked up in county offices or any pharmacy in Monroe County.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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