We published the following article earlier this year but it deserves repeating.



The National Association of Counties
in partnership with Caremark, corporate owner of CVS Pharmacies has established a grant program to fund discounts on prescription medications to American Families who are either uninsured or underinsured.

The discount card automatically earns on average a 24% discount of prescription drugs at more than 6000 locations across the country.

We contacted the NACo office in Washington, DC and spoke with Jim Phillips, Media Relations, who confirmed the program was intended to benefit the whole family including pets with a valid veterinary prescription. 

You can pick up a card at most CVS stores or contact your local county administration to obtain the card.

The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program also lets anyone download the discount card  online http://www.rxprintacard.biz/nlc/select.aspx. The program is free and has no restrictions on the number of times it can be used or the total of the savings.

If your community is not on the list you may choose any listed city and download that discount card – there are no restrictions for residency and you do not have to show identification other than a valid prescription.

For Paws Hospice has used the card to assist pet families obtain discounts on their vet prescriptions since May, 2010. The program we found works flawlessly and when used in conjunction with discounts offered by online pharmacies may result in further savings.

One example recently illustrates the combined savings. A patient need veterinary insulin, a 3 month supply $166 from the veterinary office. We contacted CVS and were informed that the insulin could be ordered and the cost would be $144 - with the discount card $114.

We then contacted PetMedsOnline.com, their price for the same 3 month supply $91. We told them about the NACo Prescription Discount Card and although they had not heard about it, promptly reduced the price 20% to $72.

We have subsequently discovered that certain prescription diet pet foods may be subject to the discount.

We called Royal Canin manufacturers of a variety of prescription pet foods. Although Canin does not sell direct they suggested contacting their distributors both online and stores such as Pet Smart. A condition for the sale of prescription pet foods in store is that the store has a veterinary location on site. 

Here again it seems in all likelihood the discount card should be applicable just as it would for any prescription medical supply; we'll let you know.