Counties save on employee prescriptions with foreign drugs

Source: Charles Taylor, County News, August 21, 2015

Flagler County, Fla. commis­sioners have approved a plan to import prescription drugs through a Canadian broker that officials say could save employees 50 percent to 80 percent on some medications. The company, CanaRx, will supply brand-name maintenance medications — such as those for high blood pressure or to lower cholesterol. Participation in the pro­gram will be voluntary, according to Joe Mayer, the county’s director of community services. And the county will continue to offer an other prescription benefit through its onsite employee health clinic or retail pharmacies for generics…. Schenectady County, N.Y. has had a similar program since 2004, County Attorney Chris Gardner said. As a result, the county is spending less on prescription drugs than in 2003. Back then, he said, prescription costs were poised to overtake medical costs…..