Prescription drug program may offer relief to some residents in Jersey City

A new prescription drug program may provide a measure of relief to some fixed-income residents in Jersey City.

Patients coming to the newly opened Health Care Pharmacy in Jersey City are getting discounts on some of the most costly prescription drugs. It is part of a new program designed to increase access to medical care.

Health officials say the soaring costs of prescriptions often means some seniors and fixed-income patients have to make choices that may compromise their health. One patient said he is still trying to pay off prescriptions from 1997. Under the new program, an AIDS drug that would normally cost $325 might only cost $25.

Pharmacist John Hertz says good medical care is also about personal relationships. Hertz says he consults with each patient and keeps on top of medications they are taking. He adds that he also maintains a relationship with their doctors.

In order for residents to qualify for the program, they must be an approved patient in a state-approved public health facility.

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