Akron rolls out prescription cards June 4

June 03, 2009

Beginning June 4, all Akron residents can get instant relief with prescription costs through the National League of Cities Prescription Discount Card Program.

The program, developed in partnership with CVS Caremark, provides discount drug cards free to all residents regardless of age, income or existing health insurance. Card holders can expect to save an average of 20 percent off the regular retail price of prescription drugs at more than 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide.

The cards will be available at all City of Akron Recreation Bureau community centers, branches of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and at Akron City Council members' respective ward meetings.

To use the benefit, cardholders need only present the card when filling a prescription at the nearest participating pharmacy. In Akron, participating pharmacies include all Akron-area CVS Caremark stores, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Target pharmacies. Locally-owned participating pharmacies include Ritzman Pharmacy, Highland Square Pharmacy, Klein's Pharmacy and Acme Fresh Market pharmacies.

The CVS Caremark Web site, www.caremark.com/nlc, allows visitors to identify participating pharmacies by entering an address or a zip code. The site also allows users to print their own prescription cards, get generic and brand name drug cost estimates and look up information about drug interactions.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet can call toll-free, 1-888-620-1749, to obtain program information, locate a pharmacy, look up a drug price or access health resources.

Akron residents who cannot make it to any of the pick-up locations may call to request cards from their Council representatives. Click the "Find your councilperson" link to the right to look up Council members' contact information.

The Washington, D.C.-based National League of Cities is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting cities.