Promising “extraordinary prescription savings for extraordinary times,” Express Scripts on May 7 unveiled a new program that offers medication discounts for Americans who lose their health coverage amid the economic damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The discounted prices — $25 for a 30-day supply of generics and $75 for a 30-day supply of select brand-name medications — are available to former Express Scripts members and eligible non-members alike, either through mail order or at more than 50,000 participating pharmacies.
The concept of offering discount drugs to the general public isn’t exactly new, observes Ashraf Shehata, KPMG’s national sector leader for health care and life sciences. After all, “the old $5 generics and other programs like that were quite popular” at retail chains, he tells AIS Health. Companies such as CVS Health Corp. and Walgreen Co. also found success with retail pharmacy discount card programs, he points out.