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“Dangers of Online Pharmacies”

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that most Internet pharmacies are fraudulent, selling drugs that likely are counterfeit and could harm or even kill people.

Pharmacist at Economy Pharmacy in Tulsa, Chris Schiller, said that he has had inquiries from customers about purchasing prescription medicine from online pharmacies. Schiller said he discourages people from opting to buy prescriptions online unless they know that the pharmacy is reputable.

“When you order online you never know what you are going to get,” said Schiller.

On September 28th the FDA launched a national campaign, called BeSafeRX, to alert the public to the danger.

A recent survey by the agency found nearly one in four Internet shoppers has bought prescription drugs online.

Most don't realize that only about 3 percent of online pharmacies are licensed and following the law. The rest likely are selling fake drugs that won't help patients get better and may contain arsenic or other poisons.

Schiller said that many people are drawn to internet because the pills are advertised at very low prices.

“You might save money but you don’t know what you are going to get in when you buy these medications,” said Schiller, “It might have nothing in it, like a placebo or it may have something harmful in it.”

Schiller says that buyers should be wary of any price that seems too good to be true.

“Whenever you are way below cost its very unlikely the potency of the drug will be there,” Schiller said.

According the FDA there are red flags that will warn you that an online pharmacy is not legitimate:

  • Pharmacies that allow you to buy drugs without a prescription from your doctor
  • Offer deep discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true
  • Are located outside of the United States
  • Are not licensed in the United States

Dr. Suzy Willard at Utica Park Clinic says that there are ways to find a good deal on prescription medications in Oklahoma without putting your health at risk. Dr. Willard encourages patients to run there prescriptions through oklahomadrugcard.com

“It will tell them where they can get it at the cheapest rate at local pharmacies,” said Dr. Willard.

Dr. Willard encourages patients to do their homework instead of jumping at a deal that is too good to be true. “It’s not worth it; the harm is too high to do it.”


“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Ad: Pharmacy Times (May 2016)”

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Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

A Children's Miracle Network Hospitals ad was featured in Pharmacy Times (May 2016 Issue). A donation will be made to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Assistance Program.

Pharmacy Times (May 2016)


“Oklahoma Drug Card Selected As 2013 Best Program In Oklahoma”

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(Tulsa, OK) – RxResource.org has announced that the Oklahoma Drug Card has been voted “The Best Prescription Assistance Program in Oklahoma for 2013”. Programs were rated by industry professionals across the following categories: Program Access, Program Benefits, Customer Support, Prescription Formulary List, Drug Discounts, and Network Coverage. Oklahoma Drug Card was launched January 7, 2008 and has saved Oklahomans more than $15 million on their prescription drugs.

About Oklahoma Drug Card

As a resident of Oklahoma, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card on www.OklahomaDrugCard.com. Oklahoma residents now have access to a free prescription assistance program. Oklahoma Drug Card has been launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of Oklahoma gain access to significant savings on prescription medications at local pharmacies.

Oklahoma Drug Card, which is free to all Oklahoma residents, will provide discounts on medications that can range from 30-75%. There are no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limit and no applications to fill out. Residents can obtain a free Rx card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.OklahomaDrugCard.com. Residents can also obtain cards at health centers, hospitals, clinics, and other card distribution sites that are being set up across the state. Oklahoma Drug Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country including all major chains.

About Rx Resource

Rx Resource is a site designed to provide knowledge and support to individuals looking to simplify the confusing maze of discount programs and patient assistance programs that have appeared in recent years. Rx Resource provides a wide array of information, services and expertise for those looking for healthcare relief. For more information, visit the website at www.RxResource.org.


“Free Drug Cards for Oklahomans”

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Discount prescription drug cards are now available to Oklahoma residents online. Residents can download the free cards by visiting www.oklahomadrugcard.com. K-Mart pharmacies have agreed to print out the cards for those without Internet access.

There are no restrictions for membership or how many cards. Any Oklahoma resident, regardless of age and income level, are able to obtain the cards and no application is required. Residents can save up to 75 percent at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies, said a press release from the program's director Joe Willard. However, the press release also stated the average savings is around 30 percent.

People who have prescription coverage already can use this free card for non-formulary or non-covered drugs as well. The card can also be used to cover those who do not qualify for publicly funded programs like Medicaid and Medicare.

"This program can help every resident of Oklahoma--help many people so desperately need. We are looking for support from hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics to create public awareness for the program and to help distribute cards to their patients," said Willard in a press release. "We are also encouraging employers to offer the Oklahoma Drug Card program to their employees.

This program is powered by UNA Rx Card, which is a division of United Networks of America.


“Oklahoma Drug Card Gaining Attention”

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More than 85,000 Oklahomans have downloaded the free Oklahoma Drug Card since it was introduced Jan. 8—an unprecedented number compared to 22 other states that have introduced the program, the director of Oklahoma's drug card program said Friday.

"I think that just tells us the need is great in Oklahoma," Joe Willard said.

Oklahoma's response to the new card tops California's version of the program, which has only 55,000 card-holders since its launch in October.

"The greater participation in this program, the greater the benefit to the residents of Oklahoma," Willard said.

The number of participating pharmacies also has tripled to 700 in the state since the card program was launched.

"It's tough when you get a prescription and it's $122 or $79," Willard said. "I'm just so excited because I know the card is making a difference in people's lives."

The Oklahoma Drug Card is not affiliated with the state government.

It was initiated by United Networks of America, based in Baton Rouge, La. UNA is a provider of numerous managed health care products.

Any Oklahoma resident may sign up for the card online and print it off for instant prescription savings at participating pharmacies across the state.

The highest discounts are on pain medications, heart medications and antidepressants, Willard said.

The card is free. There is no age limit, no forms to complete and no income restrictions, Willard said.

The only piece of personal information residents need to provide is their name.

Although the form asks for an e-mail address, residents may type "none" and still get the card, he said.

Kmart pharmacies have agreed to print out cards for Oklahoma customers without Internet access.

People also may ask a participating pharmacy or a friend or family member to print the card out for them.

Users also may laminate the card, Willard said.

The card is expected to save its users up to 75 percent of costs on some medications and 35 percent in costs on average, he said.

Most prescription medications are covered by the program.

The program's Web site will help users find participating pharmacies and show the discount amount for specific drugs, Willard said.

To get the card or to find out more information about medications covered and what the discounts will be, go online to www.tulsaworld.com/drugcard.

The Hominy News Progress


“Oklahoma Drug Card Program to Go Local”

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The Oklahoma Municipal Service Corporation, the business division of the Oklahoma Municipal League has entered into a partnership with the Oklahoma Drug Card Program to help residents offset the rising cost of prescription drugs.

The OML, which is dedicated to promoting effective local government, will work with the Oklahoma Drug Card program to provide specialized local drug cards to the residents of their member cities and towns.

"The Oklahoma Municipal League/Oklahoma Municipal Services Corporation is pleased to be able to partner with the Oklahoma Drug Card Program as yet another benefit for our 461 member cities and towns," said Carolyn Stager, Executive Director for the Oklahoma Municipal provided, the Hominy Fire Department will send a representative to obtain a global position reading at the shelter entrance. The Moore tornado lev- League. "The program provides an option for prescription drugs at a discounted rate that is available to anyone in the community at no charge."

Since launching the card in 2008, the Oklahoma DrugCard has saved Oklahomans more than $10 million.

The average savings per prescription is between 30 and 75 percent, and the card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country.

The statewide prescription assistance program is made possible and funded through the support of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

The Oklahoma Drug Card requires no enrollment forms, restrictions, age or income requirements, eligibility requirements, waiting periods, exclusions, claim forms to file or annual or lifetime limits.

The program also covers pre-existing conditions and includes discounts on brand and generic medications.

The card is completely confidential - no personal information is required.

Participating pharmacies can be found on www.OklahomaDrugCard.com and include national retailers like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.

The Oklahoma Drug Card is available to all residents, both insured and uninsured, and may be available at city halls and city libraries OR www.OklahomaDrugCard.com. www.RxResource.org has given the Oklahoma Drug Card a coveted seal of certification.

For more information, call Joe Willard at (918) 640-9395 or email joe@oklahomadrugcard.com.


“City of Broken Arrow, OML Offer Prescription Drug Card”

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City of Broken Arrow - FOCUS (September 2013)

The City of Broken Arrow encourages residents to participate in the Oklahoma Drug Card prescription program.

Oklahoma Municipal League has partnered with the Oklahoma Drug Card, a statewide prescription assistance initiative, and is available to all residents of Oklahoma.

This card will offer savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs and has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and no applications to fill out. The Oklahoma Drug Card is accepted at over 50,000 pharmacy locations across the United States.

Oklahoma residents may download a FREE card by visiting www.OklahomaDrugCard.com or contacting the Oklahoma Municipal League. Then, simply ask the pharmacy to process your prescription through the Oklahoma Drug Card program. Residents will also be able to obtain cards at various clinics, municipalities, businesses and other sites to be announced by the Oklahoma Municipal League.

The Oklahoma Drug Card was launched six years ago to help the uninsured and the under insured citizens of Oklahoma afford their prescription medications.

The program may also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

Additionally, people who have prescription coverage may use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

The Oklahoma Drug Card is being funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The program has received support from both the public and private sectors.

To date the Oklahoma Drug Card has saved Oklahoma residents $10 million over just six years.

The Oklahoma Municipal League and its member cities and towns are working with the program to create awareness.

The Oklahoma Drug Card is a solution to the confusing maze of discounts prescription programs that have appeared in recent years.

Many of these other programs charge fees, or only cover certain drugs, or have membership restrictions such as age or income requirements.

Oklahoma residents can download a Free Card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies at www.OklahomaDrugCard.com.

For more information, contact: Sue Thurston at (800) 324-6651 or 405-528-7515; or sthurs@oml.org.


“New Oklahoma Drug Card Program Launched Today”

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(Tulsa) – A new Oklahoma Drug Card program will officially be launched today, with officials touting it as a way to save money while purchasing prescriptions.

Under the program, any Oklahoma resident can sign up for a card online, then print it out and use it. The card will allow users instant savings on prescriptions at 237 pharmacies in Oklahoma and 50,000 across the nation.

Chene Tucker of Broken Arrow said using the card saved her $20 on two medications.

"I was pleased and surprised," Tucker said. "It was exactly what they said it would be. I will be using it again."

The drug cards are free and there are no age or income restrictions for its use, said Joe Willard, the program's state director. He said those who use the card will save an average of 35 percent on their prescription costs, and as much as 75 percent when buying some medications.

The program's Web site lists which drugs are covered, the participating pharmacies and the level of discounts. Willard said that even those who have insurance prescription coverage could find it cheaper to buy a prescribed drug using the card than with insurance.

Oklahoma is the 23rd state to offer such a program. It is sponsored by United Networks of America, a Baton Rouge, La., company that provides managed health care products.

He said pharmaceutical companies help fund the program in an effort to sell their products, noting that sometimes people opt not to fill a prescription because of cost.

"About two-thirds of people who see a doctor get a prescription," Willard said. "If it's not filled, no one makes any money."

Oklahoma has one of the nation's highest rates of people without insurance coverage, which makes the program especially important in the state, Willard said.

"This program can help every resident of Oklahoma—and help many people so desperately in need," he said.


“Prescription Drug Help is Available”

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If you or someone you know is struggling with medication costs, I want to remind you about some different programs that can help with prescription drug costs.

The first is the Oklahoma Drug Card, which is a prescription discount card free to all Oklahomans regardless of income, age or any other criteria. It can be downloaded at www.oklahomadrugcard.com.

If you don't have access to a printer, Kmart has agreed to print them for free or you can always print them at your local library.

The card provides an average savings of 30 percent at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. Most medications are covered under the program, and savings can be as high as 75 percent in some cases.

The good thing about this program is that unlike others, there are no fees and your account cannot be canceled without your consent.

Other companies, such as Wal-Mart, also offer prescription programs that don't require a card. They have hundreds of prescription drugs and more than 1,000 over-the-counter medications priced at only $4 per 30-day supply. For a list of the available medicines, visit www.walmart.com/pharmacy.

For those that are uninsured or underinsured and struggling, you can also find free help through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance. This organization has trained specialists who can find out if you qualify for one or more of 475 patient assistance programs, many of which offer free or nearly free prescription medicines. To find out which programs you may qualify, visit www.pparx.org or call (888) 4PPA-NOW.

Another free program is the Patient Assistance Now program. This is an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource that may help uninsured patients pay for their Novartis medicines and find information to take care of their health. Patient Assistance Now also offers educational programs and resources on a wide range of conditions, diseases and Novartis medicines, as well as information about Novartis clinical trials.

To learn more about this program, visit www.PatientAssistanceNow.com or call (800) 245-5356 for specific information about programs and services available. The Web site also offers a program finder for programs that help eligible patients pay for their medicines.


“Prescription Drug Card Saves Money”

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With the media buzz of the summer escalating over health care reform, it's never too early to think about what you could do to mitigate health care costs where they hit the hardest: prescription medication.

The Oklahoma Drug Card is a prescription discount card free to all Oklahomans, regardless of income, age or any other criteria. This card can be downloaded at the www.oklahomadrugcard.com. If you don't have access to a printer, Kmart has agreed to print them for free, or you can always print them at the nearest public library.

Mary Collins, Tahlequah, downloaded the card at the library, and uses it for all her and her husband's prescriptions.

"We have some insurance, but not prescription assistance," she said. "We take blood pressure and heart medication, and it gets expensive."

As part of the United Networks of American out of Louisiana, the card provides an average savings of 30 percent at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. Most medications are covered under the program, and savings can be as high as 75 percent in some cases.

There are 237 participating pharmacies in the state, including Walgreens, Kmart, Drug Warehouse and CVS Pharmacy.

Local pharmacies that accept the card include Cherokee Hills Pharmacy, Drug Warehouse, Reasor's Pharmacy, Tahlequah Drug Co., TMC Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy and Walgreens.

Cheryl Bird, at Cox Pharmacy in Tahlequah, said they have their own prescription assistance program and therefore don't accept the Oklahoma Drug Card.

"It's called the Cox Wellness Club, and it's free to sign up," Bird said. "All through the month of September, you get a bag when you enroll, and whatever you can put in the bag you can get 20 percent off of the total price."

However, the program doesn't offer immediate savings; it's based on point redemption. For every $1 spent you earn 100 points, and then only 1,000 points can be redeemed per transaction.

Nathan Terrell, pharmacy technician with Drug Warehouse, said when the program first started, many people were using it.

"I guess it was just out there in the media and people came in to sign up," Terrell said. "But since the buzz died down, I haven't had a lot of people new signing up."

Terrell said the program is great, especially for the uninsured.

"It can save you a lot of money," he said.

All of the participating pharmacies and the discounts for particular medications can be found on the program's website. Even if you have insurance, prescriptions may be cheaper under this program, so be sure to check online.

Unlike others, such as the Walgreen drug card program, there are no fees with this program, and your account cannot be canceled without your consent.

And this is not a gimmick; drug stores want people to come in and buy soap, shampoo, milk, tissues, so they are willing to sell the drugs cheaper to get the foot traffic.