Freeholder H. James Polos Announces Middlesex County Senior and Disabled Citizens Now Eligible for Discount Prescription Program

Middlesex County Senior and Disabled Citizens who are paying full price out-of-pocket for prescription medicines may now join the GS-POPS program here in Middlesex County. This money saving initiative created by Freeholder H. James Polos and introduced last autumn by Freeholder Director David Crabiel went into effect on January 1st of this year.

This discount program allows senior citizens who are 55 years of age or older and reside in Middlesex County, plus all disabled citizens, to purchase generic or name brand drugs and medications at their wholesale price with an additional minimum discount of 13%. A key element to the program is that 92% of the pharmacies in New Jersey as well as, as many as 55,000 pharmacies in other states in this region, are participants in Garden State Pharmacy Owned Prescription Services.

It is estimated that there are 140,000 senior citizens living in Middlesex County and many of them as well as all disabled could be eligible.

It is estimated that there are 140,000 senior citizens living in Middlesex County and many of them as well as all disabled could be eligible.

Those not eligible are citizens who already have a pharmacy-prescription program through retirement or those who already receive financial support for drugs and medications via PAAD.

To learn how to register for the program, seniors and disabled individuals are advised to either contact their local senior services center or municipal department or to contact the Middlesex County Office of the Aging in New Brunswick.

Middlesex is the first County in New Jersey and as far as is known, nationwide to institute this cost saving program. At present, seven other counties in New Jersey are considering joining GS-POPS. As each county joins, the buying power of the senior-disabled program increases and will further increase the discount now at 13 percent.

The program is the result of a two-year study by a senior citizen committee formed by Polos with the help of fellow Freeholder Jane Brady. The fact that 92% of the pharmacies statewide are part of the GS-POPS program makes it highly unlikely that seniors or disabled residents would have to change their pharmacy in order to participate. In addition, there is no limit on the purchase of prescription medications.

The newly adopted program is cost-free to the taxpayers in Middlesex County.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
FREEHOLDER JIM POLOS at (732) 249-2611