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Countywide Rx Program will Get you Prescription Drug Discounts

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A motion from back when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a City Councilmember became reality today when he announced LA Rx, a discount prescription drug program for not just city residents, but L.A. County ones, too.

“We still have a long way to go before we can claim fair, equal, and quality health care for all Americans,” Mayor Villaraigosa said today. “However, I hope that this card makes it easier for Angelenos to get their prescriptions without having to make a difficult decision between buying a medicine that they need and putting food on the table.”

The card, which you can print online or pick up at city libraries, apparently gets anyone, insured or not, a 5 to 40 percent discount on most all brand-name and generic prescription drugs throughout 1,500 participating area pharmacies. That's 99% of pharmacies, according to the Mayor's office, which makes the card seem more symbolic than anything. Still, a discount is a discount and anyone regardless of age can participate.

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Envision Pharmaceutical Services, known for running similar programs in Ohio and Florida, will administer the LA County plan.

The folks at California based Consumer Watch Dog are happy with president Jamie Court calling Los Angeles "the gold standard among major American cities in creating big savings on prescription drugs for the insured and underinsured."