Tennessee's New Prescription Drug Card

By: Jessa Goddard Email
By: Jessa Goddard Email

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Most of us try to save a little money this time of year, so we can afford everything on our Christmas lists. Something that could help you save a few dollars is the new prescription card available to all Tennesseans.

Volunteer TV's Medical Reporter Jessa Goddard has the details on what the card means for you.

It is a free discount drug card that provides average savings of 30% on the cost of prescription medications.

There are no restrictions on who can use it and there's no application process.

About now, you're probably asking what's the catch?

Whether you're one of the 800,000 Tennesseans without health insurance, taking medications not covered by your health insurance plan, or paying the full cost of your medications at the pharmacy, the new Tennessee drug card could be the cure for your drug costs.

Long's Drug Store is one of about 900 participating pharmacies in Tennessee.

"Generally the way it works is someone would just print this off the internet, bring the information into us, we would put that information in the computer on their profile and actually try to fill their prescriptions to see just what the benefit would be," said pharmacist Hank Peck.

The only requirement is that you are a Tennessee resident.

Whether you are insured or uninsured, the benefit will be the same.

Averaging 10 - 20 % for brand-name drugs and 30 - 40 % for generics.

Either go to www.TennesseeDrugCard.com and fill out the form and you'll receive two membership cards.

You can also go to a CVS Pharmacy and they will process it for you.

It's so easy, Long's Drug Store pharmacist Hank Peck expects people to be a little skeptical.

"Generally things that are too good to be true, are. And the best way to find out if you're interested is just to bring something by, and we'll check it and we'll find out if there's a significant savings," said Peck.

CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Bi-Lo, Eckerd Publix and dozens of other pharmacies are participating in the Tennessee program, administered by the United Networks of America.

To help you determine whether the Tennessee drug card will save you money, you can look at the medication discounts that are available and the list of participating pharmacies.

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  • by Emma Location: Faragut on Jul 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    What really gets my goat is these new drugs where they put two generics together and then charge an arm and a leg for it! I’ve seen ads on TV for Caduet. It has two ingredients. One is Amlodipine and the other is Atorvastatin. With my RxDrugCard I can get 30 tablets of Amlodipine for $9 and 30 tablets of Simvastatin for $9. I’ll bet they are charging more than $18 for this! The unthinking public is going to pressure their doctors into giving them something just because it’s new, when something old or generic would do the job for cheaper.
  • by Paul Location: Jackson, TN on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    The insurance and drug companies have been given a free ride for the last 7 years. They have actually been writing many of the laws that have passed in their favor, and someone have got to rein them in! My plan "D" hase gone up 25% in one year! Now perhaps I will be able to drop it. This plan is probably an answer to Wal-Mart's $4 plan but competition is what we need to get started to gain control by the people.
  • by Misty Taylor Location: Harriman on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    need help on medication.
  • by Jamie Location: Crossville, TN on Feb 9, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    The UNA RX card is wonderful in it's discounted medications however, there appears to be a clich in the pgm. After using the card twice, it sends an error msg to the pharmacy - either too soon to refill (making you wait 45 days for a refill) or benefits expired. I have contacted UNA customer service & they told me to have the pharmacy chg the last 2 digits of the ID# - however, this is only a temp fix - again after 2 refills, the same error msg. I have emailed the UNA Website but have heard nothing in response. Perhaps since it was announced on your television station, as a follow-up you might want to see if you can obtain any information on this problem. Thank you, JKP
  • by Billy Bob Cooter Location: Crossville on Dec 2, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    Me and the wife are always lookig to save a buck. This program is great. It helped us save $100 on 3 female medications and it was so easy. Anything to help against the insurance is great! Go Vols!
  • by BETTY Location: OAKRIDGE on Nov 29, 2007 at 02:41 PM
  • by jason Location: halls, tn on Nov 26, 2007 at 07:12 PM
    after seeing this story i took the card to walgreens and saved almost $100 on 3 prescriptions the blue cross blue shield doesn't cover. these are monthly scripts so i can save about $1200 a year for free. not to shabby! the best part is once you give it to them it is on file and you can throw the card away. walgreens told me they give you the bigger discount b/t this card and my insurance. everyone should do this.
  • by John S Location: Knoxville on Nov 26, 2007 at 05:31 PM
    I thought this drug card sounded too good to be true, but it really isn't. I gave it a shot and saved about $20 on my prescription. Thank you for writing this story and saving me money.
  • by Matthew Wilson Location: Knoxvegas on Nov 26, 2007 at 02:51 PM
    I can't beleive that I have been throwing away 24 dollars every time I get my meds filled. I heard about this card from a professor at UT and just saved 24 bucks. I got it online. Piece of Cake
  • by Ashley Location: Maryville on Nov 26, 2007 at 02:25 PM
    We are pregnant and got a 25% discount on the prenatal vitamins not covered by my insurance. Our local pharmacy is currently looking into where else we might be able to use the card.
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