Plaquemine among highest users of Prescription Discount Card Program

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - A whopping 5,694 prescriptions have been processed in three years through Plaquemine's Prescription Discount Card Program.

Using the card saved local residents 24.7 percent on the prescriptions or a total of $73,810 for that three-year period

The city provides this free discount card program through the National League of Cities. According to its recent report, 1,970 Plaquemine residents used the card for prescriptions since the program started in June of 2010. The average savings was $12.96 per prescription. Residents who are without health insurance, a traditional pharmacy benefit plan, or have prescriptions not covered by insurance can receive savings on their prescriptions through this program.

Plaquemine residents are among the highest users of the Discount Card Program in Louisiana.

For example, the program was used for 5,694 prescriptions in Plaquemine and for 1,501 prescriptions in Port Allen, 493 in Lafayette, and only 234 in New Iberia.

The only city to have higher use was Lake Charles, where the card was used for 6,315 prescriptions.

Plaquemine's population is 7,080, while Lake Charles' population is 72,475.

Need info on this program? Call Mayor Tony Gulotta's Office at 225-687-3115.