Starting next month, residents in Connecticut will be able to utilize a new program that will help some spend significantly less on prescription drugs.
Residents will be able to use a discount card, called ArrayRX, that could save them up to 80% on generic prescription drugs and 20% on branded drugs, state Comptroller Sean Scanlon said Thursday.
The discount cards will become active on Oct. 2, although residents can sign up ahead of time.
“Everyday we see people come in that might not be able to afford medications, so this is another option that we can give people,” said Ed Anulewicz, a pharmacist at the Arrow Pharmacy in Hartford where Scanlon and other state officials announced the program during a press conference.
Connecticut is joining Washington, Oregon and Nevada, three states that have contracted with pharmacy benefits manager Navitus to negotiate the discounts. Scanlon’s savings projections are based on the results from those states.
Residents will be able to use the ArrayRX card at any pharmacy that has an agreement with Navitus. Scanlon said 98% of the state’s 679 pharmacies will take the card.
The program currently does not offer physical cards. Instead, residents can either use an app or provide their name to a pharmacist, who can search for them in a database.
Vera White, a senior and advocate with AARP, said the discount program will help her because her insurance coverage got worse after she retired. One medication previously cost $495 for a 30-day supply but now costs $1,680 for a 60-day supply, including $400 out-of-pocket for White.
Source : CT News