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Consumer Alert: Prescription discount cards may not deliver promised savings

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The Kansas Attorney General's Office has issued a consumer alert for a prescription discount card, saying it might not deliver discounts as promised. 

Southeast Kansas residents say they've received the card, but haven't put it to use yet. 

Karen McNeely got one of the free prescription cards in the mail last week saying, "I didn't think it would be worth my time." 

Inside the envelope, a letter addressed to Dear New Member says, "The card entitles you to reduce prices on all of your prescription medications at pharmacies everywhere nationwide." 

"Everyone is looking for a way to save money whether it's at the grocery store, pharmacy, or service your trying to receive. It really preys on people because it sounds like a good deal," said Dr.Brain Sullivan. 

Sullivan says, there are other cards out there and if you choose to use one, your personal health information could be transmitted to the company sending the cards. 

"There's limited amount of information, but they can identify you and the fact you were here and the medicine that you received, also a fair amount of protected heath information that most people want to know who is receiving," said Sullivan.

The company, United States Prescription Discount, issued the recent card to residents in Southeast Kansas. We called the company but only got a recording. 

"I can't tell you who is behind the cards the company but it is not associated with the government it's some sort of private company entity that's issuing these," said Sullivan. 

Pharmacists tell us  if you're offered a discount card you should ask what the price of the medication is without it. You could end up saving more. 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Consumer Alert: Prescription discount cards may not deliver promised savings

TOPEKA – (November 5, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warned consumers that prescription discount cards which arrived this past week in many Kansas mailboxes may not be what they appear.

In the past week, many Kansas consumers have reported receiving a prescription discount card in the mail, which they did not request. These cards claim to be able to save you "up to 75 percent on all FDA-approved drugs at pharmacies everywhere."

"Consumers should know these cards are not insurance," Schmidt said. "Even though the cards may be free, the company may be collecting personal information. Consumers should do their homework, compare plans and be sure they are getting the best deal on prescriptions."

Consumers who believe they may have been the victim of a scam should contact the Attorney General's Office by calling (800) 432-2310 or online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

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