Perhaps in the spirit of the season (one of budgets overextended by the holidays) Newark, N.J., unveiled a program that will fill prescriptions on the cheap for three months. The discount drug program, dubbed the Brick City Respite, will provide 30-day supplies of more than 300 generic drugs for $2.
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Sponsored by the city, the Heinz Family Philanthropies and Liss Pharmacy, and funded by the Heinz foundation, the $10,000 aid program expands on a previously announced effort with drugmakers to provide prescription aid to the uninsured with chronic illnesses, the city says in a news release announcing the plan. Those who designed it say the aptly named program was “meant to provide temporary help to all residents.”
Or perhaps the program is more in the spirit of healthcare reform? One out of three New Jersey residents lack health insurance, the Brick City Respite sponsors notes, dubbing efforts including the program “a unique kind of Newark healthcare reform.”
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