(Baltimore) – Maryland Rx Card Offers Residents a Prescription for High Healthcare Costs

The Maryland Rx Card Program announced today that more than 150,000 Marylanders have received a free prescription drug card since the Maryland Rx Card program launched in June 2009. The program's website www.MarylandRxCard.com has had almost 900,000 hits in that time, and a staggering 319,000 prescriptions have been processed, saving cardholders an average of 30% off their medication costs.

The Maryland State Medical Society, MedChi, has partnered with Maryland Rx Card in order to create awareness and help every Maryland resident obtain a discount drug card. Together, Maryland Rx Card and MedChi are currently educating all clinics, hospitals, county health departments and urgent care clinics throughout the State about the program. Additionally, MedChi is working directly with physicians and hospitals across Maryland to distribute hard cards to anyone in need.

"We are trying to create as many of these distribution channels as possible so that every uninsured and underinsured Marylander has access to this program," said David Hexter, M.D., President of MedChi.

Every Maryland resident is eligible to participate in the Maryland Rx Card program; there are no restrictions to membership and no applications to fill out. The card is accepted at over 56,000 regional and national pharmacies. Residents can download a free card, search drug pricing and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.MarylandRxCard.com.

The Maryland Rx Card can also be used by those individuals who do not qualify for public funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and by people who receive their medications through charity care providers (under 340B, a federally funded program which grants discounts to providers) and require a drug that is not available to them.

This free prescription card is available online for everyone in Maryland by simply visiting www.MarylandRxCard.com and printing a card. Residents with no internet access can visit any Giant or Safeway pharmacy location and ask the pharmacist to process their prescription through the Maryland Rx Card.