GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 1, 2013

SeniorCare and NeedyMeds offer drug discount card

Senior Lookout
Anne Springer

---- — 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.

NeedyMeds is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance programs available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. The website (http://www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 17,000 people each workday. NeedyMeds’ information is free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors.

The NeedyMeds card is accepted at over 70,000 pharmacies nationwide and anyone, regardless of age, insurance status or income level, may use the card. An entire family can use the same card or each person can have his or her own.

Contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (toll free). Contact NeedyMeds at 978-281-6666.

Anne Springer is the public relations director of SeniorCare Inc., Cape Ann’s local area agency on aging. To reach SeniorCare, call 978-281-1750.