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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Drug Card program helps area residents save

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  • It may seem too good to be true. And even after talking with officials about the program, it still makes people want to ask, "What's the catch?"
    But the Ardmore Drug Card Program has no catches, and any person involved will say "It's not too good to be true."
    The program was initiated a few years ago through the National League of Cities, an organization that Ardmore is a part of and includes 19,000 other cities, towns and villages, representing more than 287 million Americans. Ardmore commissioners approved the program and almost immediately saw results.
    Lori Linney, Administrative Assistant to the Ardmore City Manager, said Ardmore has been in the top ten consistently since implementing the cards in usage and savings.
    "Keep in mind, that's with many other states and cities participating," Linney said.
    The card is simple to obtain.
    City Hall, participating pharmacies, the library and Rockford Street Fire Station all have access to distribute the cards. To get a card, all an Ardmore resident has to do is show up and ask.
    "They they give you a card," Linney said. "It's that simple."
    No id is needed, no age, insurance or medical restrictions are observed and people with medicare, medicaid and Sooner Care can also use a card.
    The program is aimed mostly toward people with little to no health insurance. The card will discount on medication that isn't fully covered by the current insurance the person has. A savings of up to 20 percent can be seen on almost all prescription medication purchased with the card.
    And who's qualified to get one of these cards? Anyone in Ardmore or surrounding cities and towns.
    "Even if you live in Lone Grove, Marietta, any of those surrounding towns, you can get a card," Linney said.
    Henry Roberts, pharmacist and part-owner of Henry Roberts Pharmacy, said he hasn't seen many of the city discount cards in a while, but when they were first administered, it was a regular thing.
    "People seemed genuinely happy to have one," he said. "It helps people who have little or even no insurance get the medication they need."
    Roberts said most prescribed medication is allowed with the cards, but not narcotics.
    "But we use it for anything else a doctor prescribes — blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, pain medicine, antibiotics — almost anything," Roberts said.
    As if that isn't enough, Linney said the card program even caters to those who might have a bit of a language barrier.
    "We even have the cards in spanish," she said. "If you need it that way, we've got it."
    Page 2 of 2 - The cards are not tracked or registered, only the purchases from the cards will be noted when they are used, but more for the company's records than anything else. And only one card is necessary for a full household. Family members can all use the same card.
    "You can use it on mail order prescriptions as well," Linney said.
    With all of this information, it's understandable that people would be skeptical of it's reality.
    "But it isn't too good to be true, it's real," Linney said. "It's helped a lot of people."
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