(Des Moines) – A new State wide discount drug card program called the Iowa Drug Card is now available to all Iowa residents. The program, which is free to all Iowans, will provide savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs with average savings of around 30%. There are no restrictions to membership, no income restrictions, no age limit and no applications to fill out. Iowa Drug Card is accepted at over 50,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country. Participating pharmacies include Kmart Pharmacy, Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy Rite Aid, and Hy-Vee, as well as thousands of independent pharmacies.

Iowans can download a "FREE" card by visiting www.iowadrugcard.com. Anyone not able to access the website, or otherwise obtain a member card, can visit any Kmart Pharmacy location in Iowa. Kmart Pharmacy will process your prescription through the Iowa Drug Card program even if you do not have a member card. "We are very pleased to have been selected as the preferred pharmacy for the Iowa Drug Card Program. Kmart is committed to promoting health and wellness for all the people of Iowa, and we believe the Iowa Drug Card Program will help us in this goal," said Mark Doerr, Vice President, Kmart Pharmacy.

Hayden Fry, former Iowa Hawkeyes Head Football Coach, has been named program director of the Iowa Drug Card Program. Coach Fry was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and coached two decades at Iowa, more than twice as long as any coach before him. Coach Fry led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten titles, three Rose Bowl appearances, and 14 bowl games. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. But beyond that, Coach Hayden Fry established a winning tradition at Iowa, on and off the field. "I am so proud to be a part of the Iowa Drug Card Program. The people of Iowa need a program like this to help offset rising prescription costs," states Coach Fry. "I am honored to give back to a great State that has done so much for me in the past."

The Iowa Drug Card Program was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Iowa afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

The Iowa Drug Card can also be used by individuals who do not qualify for publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. It can also be used by people who receive their medicines through charity care providers such as 340B, a federally funded program that grants discounts to providers, and require a drug that is not available to them. This program even covers some pet medications that are available at participating pharmacies. The Iowa Drug Card Program has no restrictions or participation requirements and is open to every resident of Iowa.

You can search for drug pricing and participating pharmacies at www.Iowadrugcard.com

The card is pre-activated and can be used at any participating pharmacy. Most major pharmacies, as well as thousands of independent pharmacies, accept the card.