Mass-Mailed Prescription Cards Benefit Those Without Insurance (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

April 2, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Those prescription discount cards residents are receiving in the mail could be a benefit, but mainly for people without insurance.

Local pharmacists say people with primary health insurance are likely already seeing bigger savings than the discount cards can provide. While some discount cards claim to offer savings of up to 75%, pharmacists say it only applies to a limited number of medications.

"Many of the brand name drugs, they may save smaller amounts, smaller percentages. Probably more-so on some generic drugs, but many of the pharmacies already have good generic drug pricing, so I'm not sure if it is going to save them up to 75%,” local pharmacist, Gregg Russell told 21Alive.

Russell says that as more generic medications hit pharmacy shelves, brand name companies are trying to maintain their share of the market by working with discount card vendors.

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