Immediate Release

 For Information Contact:

Monday, June 20, 2005

Brian Adey
 798-5800

GRIFFO ANNOUNCES DRUG DISCOUNT PROGRAM
FOR ONEIDA COUNTY RESIDENTS
 

 Up to 38 percent off the retail price of prescriptions for
40,000 underinsured and uninsured County residents
   

County Executive Joseph A. Griffo is helping residents afford medications by offering a discount drug program to residents of Oneida County , New York .  The innovative program, which will be available to all Oneida County residents beginning July 1, 2005 , will provide discounts of up to 21 percent for branded prescription drugs and discounts of up to 38 percent for generic prescription drugs at no cost to the County.   The program – called the Oneida County Discount Drug Program – will be sponsored by the County and administered by MedImpact Healthcare Systems, the largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company that does not sell drugs.

“With an estimated 40,000 in our County who are either underinsured or uninsured, we are committed to finding a way to offer our residents access to affordable prescription medications,” said Joseph A. Griffo, county executive for Oneida County .   “We selected MedImpact because of their transparent and objective business model, and we are excited to partner with MedImpact to offer this very important program to the members of our community.”

Details of the Oneida County Discount Drug Program will be presented at a press conference to be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 20, 2005 , at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center in Utica , New York .  Forty-six retail pharmacies have already agreed to participate in the program network, and more are expected to join.  Oneida County residents who wish to participate in the program simply need to request a drug discount card that they will present to a participating pharmacy when filling a prescription.  Discounts are calculated automatically at the point-of-sale, and there is no cost to enroll or to access program benefits.

“The number of underinsured and uninsured nationwide is staggering and continues to grow,” said Dale Brown, senior vice president for MedImpact.  “ Oneida is not the only County currently facing this kind of challenge.  We are pleased to offer a program that will help Oneida County provide choices for affordable prescription medications that its residents need.”


About MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.

MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc., based in San Diego , California , was founded in 1989.  The company currently services 27 million members nationwide with clients that include Fortune 500 corporations, unions, managed care organizations, insurance carriers, large employers, third-party administrators, as well as local, state and federal employee programs.  MedImpact bases its success on delivering innovative products and services designed to lower overall client cost while increasing member satisfaction and quality of care.