Derby Saves Thousands On Prescription Drug Costs Through CCM Program
DERBY — The city has saved more than $60,000 in prescription drug costs since becoming a member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and is encouraging residents to get in on the savings.
According to Andrew Baklik, the city’s chief of staff, Derby recently rejoined CCM as a municipal member.
CCM, according to its website, is “the state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state, with 168 member municipalities … with one common mission to improve everyday life for every resident of Connecticut.”
Baklik said Derby was a member of CCM back in 2013, when CCM’s Discount Prescription Drug Card Program was offered to residents. Since then, the program has resulted in $60,380 in savings on prescription costs for residents, according to Baklik.
However, Derby, in 2016 or 2017, opted not to rejoin CCM. But Baklik said since Mayor Richard Dziekan came into office last year, he decided to rejoin in hopes of recouping even more savings.
"There are various benefits of the city being municipal members of CCM, and the Discount Prescription Drug Card Program is a perfect example of one of those positive benefits the residents of Derby will be able to take advantage of going forward,” Dziekan said.
Baklik said now that Derby is a member of CCM again, the city wants residents to know they can take advantage of the reduced prescription drug program.
Savings since 2012 back to top
CCM began offering the Discount Prescription Drug Card in September 2012, 136 towns and cities have signed up. During that time, residents in the participating communities have filled more than 238,526 prescriptions and saved more than $11,630,674, with an average prescription savings of 51 percent.
The program is free to any CCM-member municipality and can be used by any resident to obtain steep discounts and savings on any prescriptions not covered by insurance, including any prescriptions for your pet that can be filled at a regular retail pharmacy. There are no costs to either the participating municipalities or their residents, and the program is completely anonymous.
“CCM is pleased to offer this valuable community service to the City of Derby,” said Shari Fiveash, CCM’s director of Member Services. “This program has helped Connecticut residents save hundreds of thousands of dollars on their medications, and certain vision and hearing services, with discounts on eye exams, LASIK procedures, frames and lenses, and hearing aids. Even if you have prescription insurance, this card can help residents save when their current insurance card doesn’t cover a medication, or if their pet needs medication that is human-based.”
Baklik said the discount cards are widely accepted at all national chain pharmacies and most local independent pharmacies. Cards can be used by all residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, restrictions or limits on frequency of use for residents.
Derby residents can print out a card by visiting www.CTRxDiscountCard.com, and selecting the City of Derby from the drop-down menu.
Dziekan said he personally saw the value in rejoining CCM after the time he spent in neighboring Ansonia as director of Constituent Services (prior to getting elected Derby’s mayor last year) and the valuable experience he gained through various CCM-based training events.
“The main benefit that the administration sees in Derby’s membership is the continued education and training that CCM offers to city employees,” Baklik said.