By Christina De Paris
For Hometown News
It's a reality that some individuals have to set aside a large chunk of their income for prescription medicine. They have to take multiple pills periodically throughout the day and sometimes spend hundreds of dollars a month on their medications.
The lucky ones pay into an insurance plan that reduces the cost for their medication, but not all medications are covered in every case. That's when a secondary form of insurance - like a savings drug card available from the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce - can come in to play.
Chuck Blankenship of New Smyrna Beach was checking the Daytona Regional Chamber calendar for the next big event, and discovered he had access to the card.
"It's convenient because I found out through the website that my local pharmacy takes the card, and then when I saw how many different medications can be discounted, I knew I'd be able to save on some (medication) I have to take," Mr. Blankenship said.
Residents of Daytona Beach and other Volusia County cities have access to the Discount Health Savings Card, which can be used toward almost any medication and at most major chain and independent pharmacies.
It was introduced by the Chamber in 2010, and can be generated and printed from the website. The program is available to everyone, and once printed the card is activated and can be used immediately. There's also no cost to join the program.
Savings can be as high as 75 percent off prescriptions, and an average of 30 percent in savings is seen using the card. The card can't be used in conjunction with individual insurance plans, but can be used for items not covered.
"The real benefit is for those who have no prescription benefits to begin with," said Kevin Killian, Chief Operating Officer of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Both brand name and generic prescriptions can be discounted.
Users of the card can also receive discounts on prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, nutritional supplements, diabetic supplies and more. All prescriptions and information processed through the program are kept confidential.
The website allows users to locate nearby pharmacies, and get pricing for medications to give them an idea of prices and to compare costs.
Pharmacies can be searched within 60 miles of a zip code and the address, phone numbers, distance and driving directions are provided.
The program offered by the Chamber is made possible from a partnership with United Networks of America. Employers can also provide their employees with hard copies of the discount card by visiting a link on Daytonadrugcard.com.
For general questions about The Daytona Chamber Drug Card, call (386) 255-0981 or visit www.daytonachamber.com.