Oregon, Washington form Rx drug purchasing program

August 7, 2006

Oregon's Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) announced that Oregon will join with Washington State to form a prescription drug purchasing consortium to obtain larger discounts on medications for uninsured residents. The Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium, which will likely begin to purchase medications this year, will combine an Oregon prescription drug program that provides low-income residents older than age 55 with access to discounted medications and a similar Washington State program.

Oregon, Washington form Rx drug purchasing program

Oregon's Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) announced that Oregon will join with Washington State to form a prescription drug purchasing consortium to obtain larger discounts on medications for uninsured residents. The Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium, which will likely begin to purchase medications this year, will combine an Oregon prescription drug program that provides low-income residents older than age 55 with access to discounted medications and a similar Washington State program. More than five million Oregon and Washington residents qualify for the program. It is estimated that the program will save $17 million annually.

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