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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549

Fifteen people in Douglas County saved a combined total of $31,694 on prescription drugs so far this year. Since the Coast2Coast prescription savings plan hit the streets and shores of Douglas County last fall, residents using the program have paid just $20,089 for $62,949 worth of medication - a 68 percent savings.


The Coast2Coast prescription card plan is endorsed by the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) and has been used in Douglas County pharmacies since September 2012.

County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow presented commissioners with a royalty report from Coast2Coast at the July 26 county board meeting. Since the beginning of 2013, Douglas County has received $801.

The county receives $1.25 and the AMC receives 40 cents for each prescription filled.

Former District 4 Commissioner Paul C. Anderson pushed to have the program implemented to save residents money on health care costs. The Coast2Coast program averages a savings of 55 percent on participants' prescriptions each year.

Commissioner Jim Stratton, District 2, has heard from constituents that the program is a benefit to the people in the area but many residents are not aware of how to sign-up.

Residents can join and print free membership cards by visiting People without Internet access can check with their local pharmacy on how to obtain a card. Cards were distributed directly to pharmacies last fall.

The Coast2Coast website also has a pharmacy locator. Participating pharmacies in Douglas County include Kmart, Rix, Target, Trumm Drug (clinic and downtown), Walmart, Walgreens, White Drug in Alexandria and Thrifty White in Osakis.

DeyCrystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.