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Relief for expensive prescription drug costs coming soon to some cities, NLC says

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Residents of some cities will soon get some help paying for their prescriptions.

The National League of Cities announced Wednesday that it would provide some relief from high prescription drug costs through the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program, administered by CVS Caremark, for residents of participating cities. The program is designed for residents who lack health insurance, traditional benefit plans or whose prescriptions don’t qualify for insurance coverage. 

The card will offer an average of 20 percent savings from regular retail prices for drugs and can be used at 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

“NLC’s mission is not only to serve and represent cities and towns, but to support those cities and towns in responding to the needs of their citizens,” NLC executive director Donald Borut said. “In the current economic climate, where many city residents are feeling a financial pinch, the NLC Prescription Discount Card will make it more affordable for city residents to purchase the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or chronic condition.”

In addition to thousands of independent retailers, chains participating in the prescription drug payment relief program include CVS, Rite Aid, Eckerd, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Bruno’s, Food World stores announce closings of many in-store pharmacies

BY Jenna Duncan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Bruno’s over the weekend announced that 22 out 40 in-store pharmacies in Bruno’s and Food World stored throughout Alabama and Florida will be closed. The closures will affect about 60 employees, the company said.

Bruno’s will sell remaining prescriptions and pharmaceutical inventories to CVS, a spokesman told the local media. CVS may also retain some of Bruno’s pharmacy employees.

No word yet on what Bruno’s will do with the remaining space in stores.  

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