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Amid Economic Crisis, Express Scripts Offers Easy and Affordable Way for Lower-Income Consumers to Get Six-Month Supply of Prescription Medicines

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While many Americans are struggling to cope amid growing economic challenges including rising costs of basic necessities, unemployment and home foreclosures, Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX) has expanded Rx Outreach to help lower-income consumers get their prescription medicines.


Lower-income consumers can now receive a six-month supply of their prescription medicines for $20 through Rx Outreach, a low-cost, mail-order prescription drug program.

Participants can select from more than 150 medications now available in a 180-day supply for $20, including maintenance medications for high blood pressure, depression, cholesterol and diabetes. Unlike many retail pharmacies, Rx Outreach offers this price for all strengths and dosages available in the program.

A complete list of generic drugs offered, application forms and program details are available on the Rx Outreach website at

The Rx Outreach program is easy to use and is available to any person with a U.S. address whose income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. To enroll in Rx Outreach, patients complete a simple application and mail it in with a valid prescription from their doctor. No additional supporting documentation is required.

"More than ever, underinsured and uninsured consumers need access to low-cost medications so that they can take care of their families' healthcare needs," said Ed Weisbart, chief medical officer of medical affairs at Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits management company that offers Rx Outreach. "In addition to being the only program that provides the option of 180-day supplies for $20 each, Rx Outreach has one of the widest selections of medicines, dosages and strengths available."

Rx Outreach is a generic prescription drug program that offers more than 380 medications from 45 therapeutic categories, including 70 drugs newly added in 2008. Many of the medications that Rx Outreach offers are not available through the highly advertised $4 generic programs offered by retail chains. Medications are available in 90-day and 180-day supplies through Rx Outreach.

Costs vary by medication; however, more than 150 medications are available in a 180-day supply for $20.

-- The $20 pricing includes prescription drugs such as thyroid medication Levothryoxine (generic for Synthroid), blood pressure and heart conditions medication Lisinopril (generic for Prinivil and Zestril), and diabetes medications Metformin and Metformin ER (generics for Glucophage and Glucophage XR).

-- Compared to retail prices, Rx Outreach features price advantages for several prescription drugs, such as heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers medication Omeprazole (generic for Prilosec) at $35 for a 90-day supply and $65 for a 180-day supply, and cholesterol and triglycerides medication Simvastatin (generic for Zocor) at $25 for a 90-day supply and $45 for a 180-day supply.

-- Prices listed on the Rx Outreach Web site for medications are for any dose or strength, in order to provide a simple, affordable and accessible program for lower-income consumers.

There is no membership fee required for using the program. Any person of any age can use Rx Outreach as long as he/she meets the income guidelines.

Since its inception in 2004, Rx Outreach has helped almost half a million people get the medicines they need at an affordable price. In a July 2008 survey of Rx Outreach customers, the program attained a 98 percent satisfaction rate.

"The National Association of Free Clinics is appreciative and thankful for the continued support of the Rx Outreach Program to America's Free Clinics," said Nicole D. Lamoureux, executive director of the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC). "This program allows Free Clinics and their patients the ability to acquire the medications they need at a price they can afford. The NAFC enjoys a working relationship with and honors the Rx Outreach program for its dedication and service to America's uninsured and underinsured."

"With the variety of programs available today, people should look around and compare program costs and benefits as they evaluate their options," said Weisbart. "Our goal is to help patients find the best solution for them. We believe that affordable prices for any dose and any strength of medications in the Rx Outreach program, along with a simple, accessible process and delivery system, are important criteria for supporting family healthcare needs."

After patients mail their completed applications, valid prescriptions and payment to Rx Outreach, the medication is mailed to them. Rx Outreach ships to any U.S. address and it can be used in conjunction with any other prescription benefit, such as a prescription drug plan or Medicare Part D.

Rx Outreach is managed by Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services, Inc. (ESSDS), a fully-licensed mail order pharmacy that is committed to making the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable. Rx Outreach is not a prescription insurance program or an Internet pharmacy.

ESSDS developed Rx Outreach to provide a safe, affordable, and easy way for people of all ages to get medicines they need. The program offers prescription medicines to uninsured individuals and families, as well as those who have limited prescription drug coverage.

About the National Association of Free Clinics

The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) is the only national non-profit whose mission is solely focused on the needs of free clinics and the populations they serve. The Leadership of the NAFC focuses on bringing advocacy, networking, and needed resources to free clinics to help them face their many challenges. Together with their members and associates, they help volunteer health providers and their community address the growing health crisis among the working poor in the U.S.

About Express Scripts

Express Scripts, Inc. is one of the largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies in North America, providing PBM services to millions of consumers through facilities in 13 states and Canada. Express Scripts serves thousands of client groups, including managed-care organizations, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, employers and union-sponsored benefit plans. Express Scripts is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. More information can be found at

Media Contact: Maria Palumbo


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