Government pharmacies are offering a new $4.50 prescription program for generic versions of essential medications, including drugs to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and other common conditions.
The discount drugs will be available to all patients through Health Services Authority pharmacies as long as the patients have a prescription. Patients can get the prescriptions from private doctors or physicians.
Colin Medford, chief pharmacist for the HSA, said in a press release, “This alternative prescriptions option will allow the majority of patients the opportunity to access the medications they require.
“The $4.50 alternative prescription option is a list of generic medication with the same active ingredients as the brand name medication with the same risks and benefits,” he said.
“In addition to costing our patients less, it is anticipated that this implementation will help to improve our delivery of health services to everyone.”
The discount medications are based on a list that the World Health Organization identified as essential for patients.
The list, available on the HSA website www.hsa.ky, and at the authority’s pharmacies, includes generic versions of insulin and other diabetes treatments, several drugs to treat blood pressure and heart conditions, a number of popular antibiotics, allergy medications and pain killers.