Hurricane Sandy victims eligible for free prescription drug refills

by Ryan Reclaim on 01/04/13 

Susan K. Livio/Statehouse Bureau Thu Jan 03 2013 18:08:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

TRENTON — Uninsured people affected by Hurricane Sandy may apply to receive free prescription drug refills this month, under a successful federal program that was just extended, according to the state Department of Health.

To date, 3,511 people affected by the storm have used the prescription benefit through the federal Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, said Donna Leusner, spokeswoman for state Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said.

People who can prove their residency in federally-identified disaster area may qualify for a one-time, 30-day refill of prescription medicine at participating pharmacies through January 31, 2013.

“As New Jersey residents continue the recovery process, many families and individuals are still in temporary housing and may not have the means to get needed prescription medication refills for both acute and chronic medical conditions,” O’Dowd said. “I encourage residents eligible for this service to take advantage of this program.” (


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