BX lawmakers, pharmacists criticize Medicare prescription drug card program

Some Bronx lawmakers and pharmacists are criticizing the Medicare prescription drug card program instituted by the federal government back in June.

The cards are part of the government's Medicare reform aimed at helping senior citizens pay for prescription drugs. But Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx), who didn't vote in favor of the reform, says the Medicare cards really don't offer much of a discount. In a report released by Crowley Tuesday, the numbers show that even with the cards drugs in his district cost more than 60 percent more than medicine in Canada.

At the Throgs Neck pharmacy, pharmacists say only 20 to 30 percent of people use the discount cards. Some say people still don't know about the cards.

Crowley's report focused on about a dozen pharmacies in the Bronx and Queens.

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