New York, NY - City Offers Discount Card for Prescription Drugs
New York, NY - The city began offering a new card on Wednesday that lets people buy prescription drugs at big discounts, a step that could potentially increase drug sales and ease strains on the city’s public hospitals.
Residents, tourists, commuters, and people who already have insurance, are all eligible for the new and free BigAppleRx cards, regardless of age, income, or citizenship, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters.
Discounts are expected to average 47 percent. Patients with diabetes could save as much as $831 a year on generic medicines while asthma sufferers could save $667 on inhaler drugs.
About 2,000 drugstores in New York City—85 percent of the total—are willing to offer the discounts in return for attracting more business from shoppers who also might buy other items while in the stores, Bloomberg said.
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