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“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Ad: Pharmacy Times (May 2016)”

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Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

A Children's Miracle Network Hospitals ad was featured in Pharmacy Times (May 2016 Issue). A donation will be made to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Assistance Program.

Pharmacy Times (May 2016)


“More Californians Have Access To Prescription Savings”

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Santa Barbara County: Medical Society News (May/June 2014)

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Americans spend more on prescription drugs than people in any other country: some $45 billion in out-of-pocket dollars in the last year alone. With that in mind, the California Rx Card is reminding physicians that their patients who aren???t insured or who take prescription drugs that aren???t covered by their health insurance plans, can use the California Rx Card to obtain discounts of up to 80 percent off the retail price for brand and generic FDA-approved medications.

California Rx Card has been working closely with clinics and hospitals around the state to distribute free discount prescription cards to all Californians so that all residents will have access to this free program. California Rx Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people that have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

Another unique component of the program is their preferred pharmacy option. California Rx Card has chosen CVS/pharmacy as their preferred pharmacy so that residents who don???t have access to a computer and can???t obtain a hard card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy to have their prescriptions processed through California Rx Card. Residents can simply reference ???California Rx Card?? to have their prescription processed through the program. California Rx Card is accepted at over 56,000 participating regional and national pharmacies.

California Rx Card has helped residents save over $242 million since its inception in October 2007. You can help by encouraging your patients to print a free California Rx Card at www.CaliforniaRxCard.com. California Rx Card is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. You can search ???Free Rx iCard?? in the app store. Any physicians who are interested in ordering free cards for their clinic/hospital can email Edward Brown, Program Director, at ebrown@californiarxcard.com.


“California Rx Card Ad Featured in Physician Magazine (May 2014)”

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Physician Magazine - May 2014

Physician Magazine is the Los Angeles County Medical Association Magazine. A California Rx Card advertisement was featured in the May 2014 issue.

Physician Magazine (May 2014)


“Get your discounted prescription drugs”

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The California RX Card is making a big push to encourage residents to sign up for free discounts on a host of drugs. The program administered by United Networks of America but the discounts are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. The card offers discounts of 10 to 75 percent and is accepted at major pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

Foothill Ranch resident Adam Vu used the card to fill a pain-killer prescription for his back after losing health insurance when he was in between jobs. "I went online. I simply took it to a pharmacy and got a discount. It was very easy."

At californiarxcard.com, you can look up drugs and how much they cost with the discount. All you have to do is enter your name and print the card. If you don't have Internet access, a participating pharmacy (see above) can sign you up. The card is for drugs not covered by insurance. No discount applies on co-pays.

Pharmacies that offer $4 generics, such as Wal-Mart and Target, don't participate in the program. The RX Card savings are most substantial for brand-name drugs.


“No insurance? No problem with the new California Rx Card”

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Between ever-increasing tuition fees, new textbooks for the spring semester, rent and record-high gas prices, paying for prescription drugs can seem impossible for a sick college student with a part-time job. However, there are many cheaper alternatives available for those with no insurance or expensive co-pays.

The California Rx Card program, which launched Oct. 1, provides free discount prescription drug cards to any resident of California. The cards can be downloaded at www.californiarxcard.com, and can be used at many local pharmacies, including Rite Aid, Walgreens, Longs Drugs, Target and Save Mart.

Edward Brown, program director for California Rx Card, said that the card can save users up to 75 percent on certain prescription drugs, with average savings of about 30 percent. The program is funded directly through pharmaceutical companies, which decide what kinds of discounts can be given on what drugs.

Brown said that there are 6.7 million documented people in California who are uninsured.

"[The program] is designed mainly for the uninsured. However, a lot of underinsured residents are using it as well," Brown said. "If someone does have coverage ... [but] doesn't have prescription drug benefits, they can use a California Rx Card in place of that."

Brown believes the program can be especially beneficial to college students.

"There are struggling students at every school who don't have insurance, who are ... just getting by," he said.

The University Health Center also provides an inexpensive solution for Fresno State students. The Health Center pharmacy provides prescription medication to students at cost. All students need to take advantage of all that the pharmacy offers is a Fresno State ID card.

Tom Blagg, the pharmacist-in-charge at the Health Center, said that many prescriptions can be filled at the university pharmacy for $4 to $5, while insurance co-pays may charge upwards of $20 to $40.

Students who have insurance can still bring their outside prescriptions to be filled at the Health Center pharmacy. The pharmacy also carries over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol and Midol. They can even special order prescription medications that they don't carry in stock.

"We try to take care of the prescription needs if they have a unique situation," Blagg said.

Consumer Reports also has tips for people in search of cheaper medication. The magazine recommends that consumers switch from brand name drugs to generic drugs when possible, and buy over the counter medications such as Claritin instead of using a prescription allergy medicine like Zyrtec.

When looking to get an expensive prescription filled, students should know their options. A good course of action for students in need of prescription medications would be to compare prices before making a decision of where they will get their prescription filled.

The California Rx Card Web site has a link to a Web site where students can look up the cost of their medication. They can then go to the University Health Center to find out how much the same medication will cost them there.


“California Rx Card Article Featured in San Diego Physician Magazine (May 2014)”

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San Diego Physician - May 2014