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Drug discount card, free for Virginia residents

By Nicole Bell, NBC12 News

If you're looking to save money on prescription drugs, there's a new drug discount card that can cut the cost of medications by up to 75 percent. It's called the Virginia Drug Card Program.

It's free and if you live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you're eligible to participate.

Shirley Morton is looking for a more affordable way to pay for prescription drugs. Morton says, "I go on the internet and search for different programs."

Now, there's a new option.

The Virginia Drug Card Program targets the uninsured and under insured.

Stephanie Kirksey of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce says, "The discount is typically between 10 and 75 percent on generic and name brand drugs. The average saving is about 35 percent."

Getting a card for the program is simple. Go to www.virginiadrugcard.com. Type in your name and email address. Submit the information. Then, print out the card. 

"It's absolutely free," says Kirksey. "Anyone who's a resident in Virginia is eligible. There are no other eligibility requirements."

The program was launched by the United Networks of America. The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce supports the initiative.

As for Morton, she calls the program another weapon in the battle against the rising cost of health care.

The discount card is accepted at most major and local pharmacy stores. So far, more than 8,000 Virginians have signed up.

For more information, call 1-800-775-9092.
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