Carson City February 28, 2022
Soon Nevadans will be able to lower their prescription drug costs through a partnership recently announced by Governor Steve Sisolak.
Nevada will be joining the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium, operated by Oregon and Washington, to reduce prescription drug costs for enrolled Nevadans.
The program, which is no cost to the State, comes as Nevada works to increase transparency related to prescription drug costs through legislation from the 2021 Session, including Senate Bill 380 and SB 396, which allow the State to work with other entities to purchase prescription drugs.
“This is a great opportunity for the people of Nevada who face high costs for their vital prescription medications,” said Dr. Beth Slamowitz, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Senior Policy Advisor on Pharmacy. “I look forward to working with the Consortium on this opportunity.”
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating with the Consortium to implement the program that will benefit Nevada’s uninsured and underinsured, including those who have medications with a high co-pay or deductible.
Through the program a consumer can save on average up to 80% on generics and up to 20% on brand name drugs.
“The Consortium is pleased that Nevada will be joining us for our Prescription Drug Discount Card Program services through ArrayRx Card,” said Operations Manager Heidi Murphy. “The ArrayRx Card program, soon to be available for Nevadans, will provide enrolled residents with savings on their prescription medications. The card can be used at locations nationwide.”
The program is designed so the consumer can choose to use the ArrayRx Card or use their pharmacy benefit, whichever provides a better price. All U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs prescribed by a licensed clinician are eligible for the discount and there are no formulary restrictions. Mail order and specialty drugs are also available.
It is free to enroll and available to all residents of Nevada, whether they hold private insurance, are underinsured, or uninsured.
The program comes at no cost to the State and the Consortium administers the program under a transparent pass-through process. All discounts are passed through to the consumer to provide the greatest discounted price of the medication at the pharmacy counter.
About the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium:
The Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium (NW Consortium) formed in 2006 through a partnership between the states of Oregon and Washington. The NW Consortium was developed “by states for states” with the primary goal of offering lower prescription costs by negotiating discounts through aggregating prescription drug purchase volume. The ArrayRx Card program provides enrolled consumers savings on their prescription medications. The ArrayRx Card can be used at more than 65,000 pharmacies nationally to get discounts on all FDA-approved drugs. The discount card is free, with no membership fees, age or income limits. More information can be found at ArrayRXCard.com.