Pike County receives NACo award for prescription drug program growth

PIKE COUNTY, IND. (Aug. 1, 2012) --The National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized Pike County, Ind. for its NACo Prescription Discount Card Program growth. The county increased the number of prescriptions filed with the discount card by 66.38 percent.

NACo presented awards to several counties throughout the nation during the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program reception on July 16. David Bottorff, Executive Director of the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) received the award on Pike County's behalf.

Bottorff will present the award to the Pike County Commissioners at their meeting on Monday. Pike County was recognized for having the largest increase in use for a county with a population less than 75 thousand. In 2010, the county had about 1,560 prescriptions. By 2011 it grew to about 3,600 prescriptions, an increase of more than 2,000 prescriptions filed with the drug card between 2010 and 2011.

Since its inception in 2008, Pike County residents have saved about $341,744.46 with the discount card. Pike is one of more than 1,400 counties nationwide participating in the program. Nationally, residents of participating counties have saved more than $483 million.

Pike County residents save an average of $16.94 per prescription. Nationally, the overall average savings rate is about 24 percent, while Pike County residents enjoy an average savings rate of about 35 percent.
The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program is a partnership between participating counties, NACo and CVS Caremark. The program was created seven years ago. Those interested in more information can contact David Bottorff at dbottorff@indianacounties.org.