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 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