NLC Prescription Discount Program Surpasses 1 Million Prescriptions

May 23, 2014

By: Marc Shapiro

The NLC Prescription Discount Card Program passed another milestone recently with residents in cities across the country using their city discount card to save on more than 1 million prescriptions.

From Chicago and Detroit to Grand Isle, ME and Red River, NM, NLC member cities are helping residents cope with the high cost of prescriptions at no cost to the city.  Currently, 542 cities participate in the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program and more than 440,000 residents in these cities have used the discount card on 1,095,282 prescriptions and saved an average of $12.11 per prescription. Nationwide the NLC program has saved residents more than $13 million.

“NLC is committed to our members and the communities they serve,” said NLC Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “NLC’s Prescription Discount Card Program is a great example of how we provide value to cities by offering discounts to residents coping with the high cost of prescription drugs.”

 With the NLC Prescription Discount Card, residents who are without health insurance or with prescriptions not covered by their insurance receive an average discount of 23 percent off the retail price of  their prescriptions (discounts vary by prescription and pharmacy).   The discount card is accepted at more than 65,000 pharmacies across the country including all national pharmacy chains and most local independent pharmacies.

There is no enrollment form for residents and no income restrictions or limitations. One card can be shared by all family members. The discount card may also be used for some pet medications in the cases where the medication may also have human applications and can be obtained from a pharmacy.

NLC is pleased to announce the following cities that have launched the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program in 2014:

•    Cullman, Alabama
•    Eufaula, Alabama
•    Cedarville, Arkansas
•    Fort Meyers Beach, Florida
•    Greencastle, Indiana
•    Ville Platte, Louisiana
•    North Platte, Nebraska
•    Siler City, North Carolina
•    Kingsport, Tennessee
•    Princeton, West Virginia

There is no cost to the city to offer the program to residents.  Participating cities are provided with customized discount cards. Discount cards include the city name and logo, as well as, sample press releases and a sample web page to promote the program and raise awareness among residents. Each month, participating cities receives a report from NLC with data on the savings to residents.

Details: To learn more about the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program or to sign up for the program, visit the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program or contact Marc Shapiro, Program Director, 202-626-3019 or e-mail: shapiro@nlc.org.