HSA offering $4.50 prescription meds

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.


  1. This offer sounds all well and good, but we may want to consider that "Generic drugs are cheaper but not always the best Choice"
    Almost everyone are on some kind of medication; however my belief is that, when it comes to your health; "If financially possible", one should not use spare change on your health. Yes millions can be saved when hospitals use generic drugs, which are cheaper but are not always the best choice.
    According to the FDA, seven out of ten percent prescriptions filled in the US are for generic drugs.
    I am no Doctor nor Pharmacists, however I spend much time reading about many things, and have some knowledge that fluctuations of medications may affect how medications work for consumers.
    I have been on Thyroid medication for over thirty years. After surgery in US was put on a name brand drug. After moving back to the Island, because of not available at the hospital, I was given a generic drug, which I felt was not working. Caused me to gain much weight, constant heart palpations, and felt out of it.
    Persons taking Thyroid, High Blood pressure or heart medications it is best to stick to brand names, they have one staple look and can be less confusing to consumers. After all why drink grape soda when 100% grape juice is better.

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