New York, NY – In May 2011, New York City released its first official prescription drug discount card, BigAppleRx. Today, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Health Department Commissioner Thomas Farley announced that since its debut, the BigAppleRx card saved more than 56,500 New Yorkers a total of $6 million on prescription medications, for an overall savings of 47%. The BigAppleRx card is free of charge, available to anyone regardless of age, income, citizenship or health insurance status and accepted at more than 2,000 city pharmacies, including Target, Duane Reade, Walgreens and CVS.
“Health care is a growing cost for New Yorkers and it’s up to the government and our partners to find innovative solutions to this problem – BigAppleRx is one of them,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “To me, these numbers represent that we’ve been able to provide a little peace of mind for people burdened by the expense of prescription drugs. No one should have to forgo necessary medication because it’s too costly, and with more and more New Yorkers armed with this card, fewer will have to choose between saving their health and saving their money.”
“Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers need to take medicines for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “The BigAppleRx prescription drug discount card is one way we can help New Yorkers afford these medicines so they can avoid the consequences of these conditions.”
“The incredible benefit BigAppleRx has brought to over 56,000 New Yorkers is cause for celebration and a great example of what is possible when government and industry work in tandem to address the challenges faced by New Yorkers,” said Council Health Committee Chair Maria del Carmen Arroyo.
“This program is taking a big bite out of prescription drug costs in the Big Apple. As Chair of the City Council Aging Committee, I’m especially pleased that this card has helped seniors save money,” said Council Aging Committee Chair Jessica Lappin.
New Yorkers saved 63% on generic prescription drugs and 18% on name brand prescription drugs. A total of 155,850 claims were discounted through BigAppleRx. The thousands of New Yorkers using the card have seen an average annual savings of $295 per household.
For more information on how to get the BigAppleRx card or locate participating pharmacies, visit www.bigapplerx.com or call 311.