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April 23, 2013

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Apps help save money on prescriptions

Two new smartphone apps are now available to help consumers save money on the cost of prescription drugs — and to offer a daily reminder to stay current on their medications.

The free, Gloucester-based NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App is all that’s needed to save on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies and pet prescription drugs you purchase at a pharmacy.

The new technology means that consumers can now save up to 80 percent on prescription drug costs with their smartphone. And once you have your medicines, NeedyMeds Alert provides a simple solution to remembering to take your medicine.

Every month, the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card saves people more than $1.5 million. The average savings on any given prescription is about 50 percent or $35 per prescription.

Anyone can use the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card App regardless of income, residency status, insurance coverage or age. Just show the card image to the pharmacist to find out what the savings will be.

New to this version is a Pharmacy Finder that includes the more than 70,000 pharmacies that accept the card. Consumers can simply enter a postal zip code to find all of the pharmacies in their neighborhood that accept the card.

“One difference that distinguishes the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card from many other cards is that no personal information is gathered about our users,” Dr. Rich Sagall, president of NeedyMeds, said in a prepared statement. “That’s valuable marketing information that many other card companies use or sell — something we don’t do. The same goes for our new smartphone app.”

The app is available for both the iPhone and Android phones.

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