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Shelby County partners to cut prescription drug costs

People who buy prescription drugs in Shelby County will soon get a discount on many of them and some of their health screenings.  People who buy prescription drugs in Shelby County will soon get a discount on many of them and some of their health screenings.

Shelby County Government is partnering with Financial Marketing Concepts (FMC) to provide the free discount cards that could cut prescription costs by as much as a 45 percent.

“With healthcare costs on the rise, discounts on prescription drugs will help ease some of the financial burdens many of our families in Shelby County are facing,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

The “Coast2Coast Rx Card” card is available to all people regardless of age or medical condition. It’s intended for those who have no prescription drug insurance. However, anyone with insurance can still use the card if drugs are not on their plan’s formulary.

Nashville and many other cities use the discount program.

“There is no cost to the county to provide this service. It’s an excellent example of collaboration between government and private businesses to assist citizens,” said Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer.

“We are pleased to work with Shelby County Government. This will go along way to help people afford prescriptions for their families and even their pets,” said Martin Dettelbach of FMC.

More than 60,000 drugs are discounted through the program. FMC will pay Shelby County Government a royalty of $1.25 per prescription. The money will then be used by the Shelby County Health Department.

Besides the discount on prescriptions, the card can also be used for dental visits, vision screenings, hearing needs, imaging tests and lab work. The Coast2Coast Rx card can be printed off from the FMC website: www.coast2coastrx.com/shelbytn and is also available at most participating pharmacies, governmental offices, libraries and county health facilities.

(For more information, contact Alexandra Miller, FMC Director of Communications at 720-317-7280 or Martin Dettelbach, FMC Chief Marketing Officer at 919-465-0097.)

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