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March 1, 2013

SeniorCare and NeedyMeds offer drug discount card

SeniorCare Inc. has an opportunity for those it serves to save money on prescription drugs through a program with NeedyMeds, a Gloucester-based national non-profit organization. The NeedyMeds drug card, widely accepted by major chains and local pharmacies, provides a discount of up to 80 percent on prescription drugs and other medical supplies.

The free drug discount card is a joint project of NeedyMeds and SeniorCare. The card may be used to obtain a discount on prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or medical supplies written as a prescription, as well as pet medications purchased at a pharmacy. The card is available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ,at SeniorCare’s main office at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. The card will also be available after March 4 at SeniorCare in Beverly at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106-H, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SeniorCare and hope this resource will contribute to the good work the organization is already doing supporting elders in the community,” said NeedyMeds President Richard Sagall, MD. “Although the card can’t be used in combination with insurance or state or federal programs, many seniors find it helps for medicines not covered by their insurance or if they’re in the Medicare Part D Donut Hole.”

“One thing we really like about the card,” said Scott Trenti, executive director of SeniorCare, “is that there is no tracking by individual. No one knows who is using the card or what medications they are buying. We value privacy and this card maintains user confidentiality. We recognize that the cost of medications is very hard on people and are hoping that the NeedyMeds card will help to defer some costs .”

SeniorCare (http://www.seniorcareinc.org) is part of the Aging and Disability Resources Consortium of the Greater North Shore and is the regional consumer-centered elder and disability service agency for Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. The agency administers programs such as the Massachusetts Home Care Program and Meals on Wheels, and its primary focus is on assisting elders and disabled adults to live more independently within their communities.

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