ambulance_logo.jpgBroward County residents who used prescription drug discount cards offered by the county's Community Partnerships Division saved a total of nearly $600,000 over the retail cost of prescription medications in 2010, the county reported.

Nearly 1,400 Broward residents used the card each month, presenting it more than 16,000 times, based on multiple prescription orders.

The Broward County Human Services Department launched the free discount card program in May 2007, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), to help residents cope with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, at any of the more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies, including most large chain pharmacies and many independent pharmacies.

Since its inception in 2004 on a national level, NACo reports, Americans have saved more than $355 million with the card. At least 1,370 counties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories are making the cards available to residents. The national average savings per prescription filled is 24 percent.

The cards are free and Broward County residents may pick one up at county government facilities, including parks, libraries, transit facilities, the downtown Governmental Center and the four Family Success Centers.

For more information, call toll free 1-877-321-2652 or Broward County Health Care Services at 954-357-5385.