Senior Prescrption Drug Program Delayed In Ohio

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 06:15 AM
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The Golden Buckeye card prescription drug program has been delayed. Governor Bob Taft says he would like 90 percent of Ohio’s pharmacies to participate in the program. But without two of Ohio’s largest chains the state can’t reach that goal. Muskingum county Center for Seniors executive director Terry Dunn says with the two chains declining to participate the state can’t reach its goal. Right now it stands at 65 percent. The state hopes to convince more pharmacies to participate. Once the prescription drug program is started, it’s expected to provide discounts, anywhere from 13 to 43 percent, to all senior citizens and the disabled. In the meantime, the state is not accepting any more applications for the program until March 31st. Pharmacies are not the only businesses Governor Taft has to worry about agreeing with the drug program, the Governor is also working with drug makers.

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