Prescription Drug Discounts

LOWELL — City residents will soon have access to a new tool to help them save on prescription drugs.

At the urging of City Councilor Patrick Murphy, City Manager Bernie Lynch has launched a prescription-drug discount program for residents.

The NeedyMeds drug-discount card, which is free, provides a reduction in cost on prescription drugs at most area pharmacies when it is used apart from other insurance benefits. Cardholders cannot use their cards in conjunction with private insurance, Medicare or other state and federal programs, said Lynch.

The card has helped save Gloucester residents more than $300,000 since the city launched its NeedyMeds program in 2009. NeedyMeds is a national nonprofit based in Gloucester.

Lynch has said he hopes the program, which is free for the city to offer, has a similar positive impact in Lowell for residents struggling to pay for their prescriptions.

“Given the financial challenges facing so many, particularly the most vulnerable in our community, we look forward to making this program as widely available as possible and appreciate the City Council’s support for the effort,” Lynch wrote in a memo announcing the program.

NeedyMeds officials say the cards can help consumers save up to 80 percent on their prescriptions, with an average savings of 45 percent to 50 percent.

(Credit: The Sun)

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