(Jeffersonville, IN) – A prescription drug discount card unveiled by Mayor Tom Galligan this afternoon could save people living and working in Clark County an average of 30 percent on prescriptions if they lack drug coverage or require prescriptions not covered under their insurance plan.

According to a federal Government Accountability Office report released in March, prices for 100 common prescription drugs increased 6.6 percent annually between the first quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2010, compared to 3.8 percent annual increases in overall medical costs during the same period.

"There's been a lot of talk about medical costs in the United States during the past few years," said Galligan. "This is something simple we can offer - and at no cost to the city or the consumer - to help get discounts on prescriptions that people would otherwise pay full price for."

The City of Jeffersonville is providing prescription discount cards through Indiana Drug Card. While the average savings is about 30 percent, some medications receive discounts of up to 75 percent.

Cards can be obtained on the home page of the city's Web site www.cityofjeff.net or at the Sewer Billing Office on the first floor of City Hall at 500 Quartermaster Court. Cards will soon be available at all five of the city's fire stations, as well.

The discount cards are honored at more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. Pharmacies with local presences that accept the cards include CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.

Galligan said, "This card is accepted at thousands of U.S. pharmacies. While it's not the same as health insurance, it can make prescriptions more affordable to people without insurance or those who need medications not covered by insurance.