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Governor Gregoire Announces Washingtonians Have Saved Over $1 Million on Prescriptions

For Immediate Release: October 25, 2007

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today announced that Washington residents have saved nearly $1.2 million on their prescription drugs by using the free, state-sponsored prescription drug discount card.

“It's not every day I get to tell Washingtonians with no prescription coverage that, since March, we've saved them more than $1 million,” said Governor Gregoire. “Our efforts to make health care more affordable for Washington families are paying off and these are real savings that can make a difference to Washington families.”

The money Washington residents are saving is the result of a common sense partnership that allows Washington and Oregon to pool their buying power to purchase drugs at a lower cost and pass those savings directly on to our residents.”

Governor Gregoire in March introduced the card, which is available to all Washington residents regardless of age or income, and can save an average of 20 percent on brand-name drugs and 60 percent on generic drugs.

Since then, over 65,000 Washingtonians have received the card and have used it to fill nearly 47,000 prescriptions, saving an average of $26 per prescription.

The Washington Prescription Drug Program card is available now. Enrollment forms are available on-line at www.rx.wa.gov or by calling 1-800-913-4146. The program is administered by ODS, an Oregon-based pharmacy benefits management company. Mail order and specialty pharmacy services are also available through the program.

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