Drug discount card accepted across 41,000 US PCA pharmacies

Following Medicare's approval of its prescription drug discount card, the Pharmacy Care Alliance today announced that its growing network of pharmacies includes more than 31,000 chain and 10,000 independent representing more than 41,000 local pharmacies across the U.S.

Pharmacy Care Alliance network pharmacies will help support the Medicare- approved Pharmacy Care Alliance drug discount card by accepting the card at all of their pharmacies, and helping Medicare beneficiaries understand the new benefit and how it can help them save money on their prescription drug costs.

Medicare beneficiaries can begin applying for the discount card in May, and the program will begin in June. The Pharmacy Care Alliance estimates that the Medicare beneficiaries will be able to save as much as 20 percent on brand name and 40 percent on generic prescription drugs through the program.

Medicare-approved drug discount cards are designed to help beneficiaries with prescription drug costs until the new federal prescription drug coverage -- Medicare Part D -- takes effect in January 2006. The members of the Pharmacy Care Alliance network of pharmacies include retail and grocery chains, deep discount, mass merchants and independent pharmacies. All retail pharmacies are invited into the program and new pharmacies continue to join:

A&P
Ahold USA
Albertsons
Amerisource Bergen
Anchor Pharmacy
Aurora Pharmacy
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Bashas' Inc.
BJ's Pharmacy
Brooks
Brookshire Brothers
Brookshire Grocery
Cardinal Leader Drug Stores
Carle Rx Express
CK/KC Inc.
Coborn's
Costco
CVS Pharmacy
D&W Food Centers
Dahl's Pharmacy
Dierberg's Pharmacy
Discount Drug Mart
Doc's Drugs
Drug Fair
Duane Reade
Eckerd
Epic Pharmacy Network
Fagen Pharmacy
Family Care
FamilyMeds
Food Lion
Fred's
Fruth Pharmacy
Felpausch Hometown Pharmacies
Gemmel Pharmacy
Giant Eagle
Haggen Food & Pharmacy
Hannaford Brothers
Happy Harry's
Harps Food Stores
Harris Teeter
Hartig
Harvest Foods
H-E-B Foods/Drugs
Henry Ford Health System
Hi-School
Hy-Vee/Drugtown
Ingles Markets
Kash n' Karry
Kerr Drug
Keystone-Medicine Chest
Kinney Drugs
Klingensmith's
Kmart
Knight Drugs
Kopp Drug
Kroger
Food City
Longs
Marc Glassman
Marsh Drug
May's Drug
McKesson AccessHealth
Med-Fast Pharmacy
Medic Drug
Medicap
Medicine Shoppe
Med-X
Meijer
Minyard
Nash Finch Company
Navarro
NeighborCare
Northeast Pharmacy Services
Park Nicollet
Pathmark Stores
Penn Traffic Company
Pharmacy Express Services
Price-Less
Publix
Quick Chek
Raley's
Rite Aid
Rosauers Pharmacy
RXD
Safeway
Save Mart
Sav-More
Schnuck Markets Pharmacy
Scolari's
Shelley's
Shopko
Snyder Drug/Drug Emporium
Spartan Stores, Inc.
Star Markets
SUPERVALU
Target Stores
The Bartell Drug Company
Times Supermarket
Ukrop's Pharmacy
United Drug
United of Texas
United Supermarkets
USA Drug/SuperD
VG's Pharmacy
Wakefern Food
Wal-Mart
Wegmans
Weis Markets
Winn-Dixie

"We are pleased to welcome these pharmacies into the Pharmacy Care Alliance network," said Mary Ann Wagner, president and consumer health adviser for the Pharmacy Care Alliance. "Together, we'll work to help seniors save money on their prescription drugs while also keeping health and safety top of mind. And, since the Pharmacy Care Alliance is designed in alliance with community pharmacies, the pharmacist will continue to serve as a trusted advisor for seniors while the pharmacy will remain a cornerstone in care and support."

The Pharmacy Care Alliance The Pharmacy Care Alliance is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. It is an alliance between the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), which represents 216 chain pharmacies operating more than 35,000 retail community pharmacies, and Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX), one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in North America. The Pharmacy Care Alliance discount card will be supported by neighborhood pharmacists in its network of participating pharmacies, who will provide support and counsel to program members, advise on ways to lower overall prescription drug costs and ensure the safety of all medications.

Release: Pharmacy Care Alliance

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