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City Launches Discount Drug Card


In an effort to help New Yorkers who are underinsured or have no insurance, the Mayor and City Council introduced the BigAppleRX card.

Medication is expensive, especially for those who are underinsured or have no insurance at all. So, the Big Apple is introducing a downloadable card to make prescription medication more affordable.

The city says the new BigAppleRX card will save an average of 47 percent on prescription medications. The discounts for generic glucose control medication could save New Yorkers with diabetes up to $861 annually. The card can also be used to fill up inhaler prescriptions, potentially saving those who suffer from Asthma $667 a year.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn helped spearhead the initiative and said Wednesday, “[the City] wanted to make sure that everyone -- and I mean everyone -- has the opportunity to afford medication they need to stay alive and to make themselves better.”

The card is available to virtually everyone and can be used by anyone who lives, works or visits the City. Its availability struck a chord with immigration advocacy groups. 

“We know that even with health reform, some people, including immigrants, will still remain underinsured or uninsured,” said Chung-Wha Hong the executive director of the New York Immigration Committee. “This prescription discount card will go a long way to ensuring these individuals will have access to more affordable prescription drugs.”

Starting Wednesday people can download and print the card to use at pharmacies throughout the five boroughs.