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South Carolina Drug Card Media Center


“More South Carolinians Have Access to Prescription Savings”

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Palmetto Physician Magazine (August, 2013)

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Americans spend more on prescription drugs than people in any other country: some $45 billion in out-of-pocket dollars in the last year alone. With that in mind, the South Carolina Drug Card is reminding physicians that their patients who aren't insured or who take prescription drugs that aren't covered by their health insurance plans, can use the South Carolina Drug Card to obtain discounts of up to 80 percent off the retail price for brand and generic FDA-approved medications.

South Carolina Medical Association has been working closely with South Carolina Drug Card to distribute free discount prescription cards to all South Carolinians. The goal of the partnership is to provide additional card distribution channels and create awareness so that all residents will have access to this free statewide prescription assistance program. South Carolina Drug Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people that have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

"The service provided to the patients of South Carolina through programs like the South Carolina Drug Card are invaluable, and the South Carolina Medical Association is proud to partner with them," said Todd Atwater, SCMA CEO. "Providing a means for those who are uninsured or underinsured to obtain prescriptions that may otherwise be unobtainable is just one small step to making South Carolina a healthier state."

Another unique component of the program is their preferred pharmacy option. South Carolina Drug Card has chosen CVS/pharmacy as their preferred pharmacy so that residents who don't have access to a computer and can't obtain a hard card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy to have their prescriptions processed through South Carolina Drug Card. Residents can simply reference "South Carolina Drug Card" to have their prescription processed through the program. South Carolina Drug Card is accepted at over 56,000 participating regional and national pharmacies.

"We strongly believe that this is an easy and innovative way to help the residents of South Carolina find affordable prescription options," states Program Director, Brandon Knox.

South Carolina Drug Card has helped residents save over $31 million since its inception in August 2007. You can help by encouraging your patients to print a free South Carolina Drug Card at www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com.

South Carolina Drug Card is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. You can search "Free Rx iCard" in the app store.


“South Carolina Drug Card Selected as Best Rx Program in South Carolina for 2012”

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(Columbia, SC) – RxResource.org announced today that South Carolina Drug Card has been voted “The 2012 Best Rx Assistance Program in South Carolina”. Programs were rated by industry professionals across the following categories: Program Access, Program Benefits, Customer Support, Prescription Formulary List, Rx Discounts, and Network Coverage. Launched in August 2007, the program and has saved South Carolinians more than $28 million on their prescription drugs.

About South Carolina Drug Card

South Carolina Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program open to anyone regardless of age or income. There are no forms to fill out and no restrictions on membership. The program was launched in conjunction with the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) to help the uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications. Those with health insurance can also use the program on non-covered drugs. Both brand and generic medications are eligible for discounts ranging from 30%-75%. South Carolina residents can obtain a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com. Anyone not able to obtain a card can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in South Carolina and ask to have their prescription processed through the South Carolina Drug Card. CVS/pharmacy has been named the preferred pharmacy for the program by offering this service to residents. South Carolina Drug Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, including all major chains. For more information, visit the website at www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com.

About Rx Resource

Rx Resource is a site designed to provide knowledge and support to individuals looking to simplify the confusing maze of discount programs and patient assistance programs that have appeared in recent years. Rx Resource provides a wide array of information, services and expertise for those looking for healthcare relief. For more information, visit the website at www.RxResource.org.


“South Carolina: 2012 Best Rx Assistance Program Rankings”

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A recent poll conducted by industry professionals at RxResource.org focused on the best ways to cut costs on prescription drugs.

The poll results focused on the top three prescription assistance programs in South Carolina. South Carolina Drug Card out-ranked all other programs and came in number one. Below are the results and details from the poll:

1. South Caroina Drug Card - South Carolina Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program that was launched in August of 2007. The program is open to all residents of South Carolina regardless of age or income.

2. Welvista - Welvista is a nonprofit organization that provides access to free prescription medications and pediatric dental services for the uninsured and underinsured. You must be a resident under the age of 65. You must meet income criteria as established by Welvista. You must not be covered by any form of health insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare and Veteran's health benefits. If you or someone in your household has income, it must be at or below 200% of the Federal Property Level to qualify. Welvista requires a $20 non-refundable application processing fee with each new or renewed application.

3. South Carolina CHIP - South Carolina CHIP is a program that provides Medicaid coverage for underinsured children who live in families with income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Children must also be state residents and under 19 years of age.


“South Carolina Drug Card”

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The South Carolina Drug Card is the statewide free prescription assistance program available to all South Carolina residents. The program was launched in August of 2007 to help uninsured and underinsured residents of South Carolina afford their prescription medications. Residents with insurance can use the program to discount non-covered medications. Everyone is eligible for this free program and there are no enrollment requirements.

The South Carolina Drug Card is working with the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), Health Access America, Palmetto Outreach, and many other healthcare related organizations in an effort to expand card distribution sites throughout the state. The South Carolina Drug Card provides savings as much as 75% on all medications. The program is completely confidential and all cards are pre-approved and do not expire. The program is accepted at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, BI-LO, K-Mart. Fred's, Ingles, Kerr, Longs, Target, Wal-Mart, as well as 56,000 other participating pharmacies nationwide. CVS/pharmacy is the preferred pharmacy for the South Carolina Drug Card. Anyone unable to obtain a hard card may visit any CVS/pharmacy and simply ask to have their prescription processed through the "South Carolina Drug Card".

With today's rising cost of health care, the South Carolina Drug Card is a simple solution to the high cost of prescription medications. Residents can print a free pre-activated card, locate participating pharmacies, and search drug pricing by www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com


“Save With South Carolina Drug Card”

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With all the uncertainties in healthcare right now, we would like to remind all residents that the South Carolina Drug Card is here to help. With the help of CVS, the program's preferred pharmacy; we are reaching out to let people know that this program is here to help lower prescription expenses.

The South Carolina Drug Card program offers statewide prescription assistance for all residents. There are no eligibility requirements or restrictions and the program is absolutely free to all. To access the program go to www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and download your free card, or visit your local CVS and ask for the program.

This prescription savings card is honored by most pharmacies though out the state, it is designed to help those who have little to no insurance coverage, as well as those with insurance, discounting non-covered medications. Program Director Bert Melancon states that "Anyone can print a card and bring it to their pharmacist to see how it may benefit them; it is compatible with all insurances, including Part D Plans, H.S.A.'s, and High Deductibles."

Since the program was introduced about 4 years ago, the South Carolina Drug Card program has helped thousands of citizens saving millions of dollars, on their prescriptions. Mr. Melancon added "regardless of your position on the health care debate, all will be affected in one form or another, the South Carolina Drug Card is a free program offering a helping hand during these economic times."

The South Carolina Drug Card has partnered with numerous hospitals, health fairs and healthcare related organizations, including South Carolina Medical Association, Health Access America, Community Action Partnership, Palmetto Outreach, Children's Chance and many others, in reaching out to those who may need it most.

The South Carolina Drug Card program is as easy as going to www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and downloading a card or by visiting your local CVS/pharmacy.

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“South Carolina Medical Association to Support Free Drug Card Program”

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The South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) has officially announced its support to help the South Carolina Drug Card provide prescription assistance to residents in South Carolina.

"We are excited about our new partnership with the South Carolina Drug Card and the opportunity to help promote this resource to the patients of South Carolina," said Todd Atwater, SCMA chief executive officer. "In tough economic times, it can be hard for many to find a way to pay for their prescriptions, and having tools like the South Carolina Drug Card bring us one step closer to ensuring that the health care needs of South Carolina patients are being met."

South Carolina Drug Card, which is free to all South Carolina residents, provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, with no membership restrictions, income requirements, age limitations, or applications to fill out.

The program was launched in response to help fulfill the need of uninsured and underinsured residents who need help in affording their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription medications, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-covered drugs.

Residents can download a free card, search drug pricing, and locate a participating pharmacy by visiting: www.southcarolinadrugcard.com.

About the South Carolina Medical Association

The SCMA, comprised of over 6,000 physicians, was founded in 1848 and is the voice of the medical profession in South Carolina. Its purpose is to support the efforts of South Carolina physicians and to advocate for quality medical care and good health on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina, as well as to represent and serve the interests of physicians.


“South Carolina Drug Card Selected As Best Rx Program In South Carolina For 2011”

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(Columbia, SC) – RxResource.org announced today that South Carolina Drug Card has been voted “The 2011 Best Rx Assistance Program in South Carolina”. Programs were rated by industry professionals across the following categories: Program Access, Program Benefits, Customer Support, Prescription Formulary List, Rx Discounts, and Network Coverage. Launched in August 2007, the program and has saved South Carolinians more than $21 million on their prescription drugs.

About South Carolina Drug Card

South Carolina Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program open to anyone regardless of age or income. There are no forms to fill out and no restrictions on membership. The program was launched in conjunction with the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) to help the uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications. Those with health insurance can also use the program on non-covered drugs. Both brand and generic medications are eligible for discounts ranging from 30%-75%. South Carolina residents can obtain a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com. Anyone not able to obtain a card can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in South Carolina and ask to have their prescription processed through the South Carolina Drug Card. CVS/pharmacy has been named the preferred pharmacy for the program by offering this service to residents. South Carolina Drug Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, including all major chains. For more information, visit the website at www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com.

About Rx Resource

Rx Resource is a site designed to provide knowledge and support to individuals looking to simplify the confusing maze of discount programs and patient assistance programs that have appeared in recent years. Rx Resource provides a wide array of information, services and expertise for those looking for healthcare relief. For more information, visit the website at www.RxResource.org.


“South Carolina Drug Card Program Available to Help Health Care Costs”

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South Carolina Drug Card program wanted to remind all residents that the South Carolina Drug Card is available to help with health care costs.

There are no restrictions and no fees so anyone qualifies for the program. Simply go to www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and download a card today.

The program began more than two years ago and has helped thousands of South Carolina citizens. Program director Bert Melancon said, "Now more than ever it's important for everyone to be involved with healthcare related issues. The South Carolina Drug Card is just what residents need to push through these tough economic times." The South Carolina Drug Card has partnered with CVS/pharmacy to help process prescriptions for those who do not have access to a computer. The card is accepted at most chain pharmacies and many independents.

During the past two years South Carolina Drug Card has assisted hospitals, health fairs and health care-related organizations. The program also has partnered with Health Access America, Community Action Partnership, Palmetto Outreach and many other similar groups.

The South Carolina Drug Card program is available at www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and downloading a card or by visiting your local CVS/pharmacy. "The program can even help those with insurance. Anyone can print a card and bring to their pharmacist to see how it can benefit them," Melancon said.


“South Carolina Drug Card Helping Families and Neighbors”

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With all the uncertainties in healthcare right now, we would like to remind all residents that the South Carolina Drug Card is here to help. With the help of CVS, the program's preferred pharmacy; we are reaching out to let people know that this program is here to help lower prescription expenses.

The South Carolina Drug Card program offers statewide prescription assistance for all residents. There are no eligibility requirements or restrictions and the program is absolutely free to all. To access the program go to www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and download your free card, or visit your local CVS and ask for the program.

This prescription savings card is honored by most pharmacies though out the state, it is designed to help those who have little to no insurance coverage, as well as those with insurance, discounting non-covered medications. Program Director, Bert Melancon, states that "Anyone can print a card and bring it to their pharmacist to see how it may benefit them; it is compatible with all insurances, including Part D Plans, H.S.A.'s, and High Deductibles".

Since the program was introduced about 4 years ago, the South Carolina Drug Card program has helped thousands of citizens saving millions of dollars, on their prescriptions. Mr. Melancon added "regardless of your position on the health care debate, all will be affected in one form or another, the South Carolina Drug Card is a free program offering a helping hand during these economic times." The South Carolina Drug Card has partnered with numerous hospitals, health fairs and healthcare related organizations, including Health Access America, Palmetto Outreach, Children's Chance and others, in reaching out to those who may need it most. The South Carolina Drug Card program is as easy as going to www.SouthCarolinaDrugCard.com and downloading a card or by visiting your local CVS/pharmacy.