Missouri Chamber-sponsored Drug Card has saved MO residents over $15 million

Posted October 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Missouri residents have saved over $15 million on prescription drugs through Missouri Drug Card since the launch of the free statewide prescription assistance program. The program, which offers free discount drug cards to Missouri residents, was launched in 2008.

“The public response to this program has been overwhelming,” states Missouri Drug Card Program Director, Laura Meyer-Rix. “With total savings already over $15 million, this program is a true testament that the people of Missouri truly need help with their medication costs.”

Missouri Drug Card has partnered with Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to create awareness and help every Missouri resident obtain a discount drug card. Together with these state partners, Missouri Drug Card is currently educating all clinics, hospitals, county health departments and urgent care clinics throughout the state about the program.

“There is no silver bullet to lowering costs for Missourians’ health care,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “But this is one, market-driven tool we can provide all Missouri residents and we are proud to have helped people in our state secure $15 million in savings.”

Every Missouri resident is eligible to participate in the Missouri Drug Card program; there are no restrictions to membership and no applications to fill out. The card is accepted at over 56,000 regional and national pharmacies. Residents can download a free card, search drug pricing and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.MissouriDrugCard.com.

The Missouri Drug Card can also be used by those individuals who do not qualify for public funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and by people who receive their medications through charity care providers (under 340B, a federally funded program which grants discounts to providers) and require a drug that is not available to them.

This free prescription card is available online for everyone in Missouri by simply visiting www.MissouriDrugCard.com and printing a card. The button is also available on the Missouri Chamber website at www.mochamber.com. Residents with no internet access can visit any Schnucks or Kmart pharmacy location and ask the pharmacist to process their prescription through the Missouri Drug Card.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers, providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.