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Pharmacists: Double check mailers for prescription savings

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One mailer says it is a prescription savings card from United States Prescription Discounts. But it is not affiliated with the government. One mailer says it is a prescription savings card from United States Prescription Discounts. But it is not affiliated with the government.
Dr. Charles Smith knows first hand how much his customers want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Dr. Charles Smith knows first hand how much his customers want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

(WMC-TV) - Many Mid-South residents have received mail about the Affordable Care Act or mail that appears to talk about the new health care law. But investigators are saying you will want to double check it.

For example, one mailer says it is a prescription savings card from United States Prescription Discounts. But, it is not affiliated with the government.

Dr. Charles Smith knows first hand how much his customers want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. He has a pile of prescription savings cards from customers – cards that many of them do not qualify to use.

But he is unfamiliar with the cards from United States Prescription Discounts. It promises savings at pharmacies everywhere nationwide.

A letter inside welcomes the new member and explains how it works. Dr. Smith says the card can be deceiving.

"They see this and they think it's their social security number or something like that, it's just a ploy to see more people without identifying them," said Smith.

The company claims the patient will never be charged for using the card and that personal information is not shared. The incentive for the company is that they get paid a small amount directly from pharmaceutical companies each time a card is used. If they cannot save the patient money, then they are not paid a fee.

A quick check of the web site led us to the parent company, ScriptRelief, whose on-line privacy policy reads, "we do not sell or rent your personal information to other companies for any purpose".

"You may save something on one or two [prescriptions with the card], rarely have I seen anything that's save you, especially if you have some insurance anyway," said Smith

The letter also comes with a yellow pamphlet. On the front it clearly states that it is a private company not affiliated with the government.

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