"In its first year, the Illinois Rx
Buying Club was a great deal," Gov. Blagojevich said. "More than
62,000 seniors filled over 300,000 prescriptions and received an
average savings of 23 percent on their prescription drug purchases.
Now we're making it an even better deal. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15,
the annual fee for the Illinois Rx Buying Club will be reduced from
$25 to $10. We don't want people choosing between purchasing the
medications they need to survive and paying their electric bill or
putting food on the table for their families."
For its one-year anniversary, the
Illinois Rx Buying Club will also offer a special sign-up incentive
for members who re-enroll. Members who re-enroll will receive a free
one-year membership if they successfully refer a friend to the
program. Current members will receive this special offer in the mail
later in February.
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The Illinois Rx Buying Club provides
discounts on all prescription drugs approved by the FDA and is
available through participating pharmacies and a mail-order option.
The program is not income-based and is open to all Illinois
residents who are 65 or older and to the disabled. Members pay an
annual administrative fee and in return receive a discount card they
can use when purchasing any prescription medication at more than
50,000 participating pharmacies across the United States.
In addition to the reduced fee,
Blagojevich will also publicize a marketing and outreach campaign to
expand membership. The campaign will include direct mail, radio
advertising and special incentives.
For more information about the
Illinois Rx Buying Club or to obtain an application, call (800)
252-8966 or visit
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