SUNBURY - Northumberland County commissioners said they are pleased the county has joined the Coast2Coast Rx Card program, which is now active.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all Northumberland County residents, regardless of income, age or health status, to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. This program saved card holders throughout the nation an average of 60 percent in 2012 on the cost of prescription drugs.

Even pets and people living outside the county are able to take part in the program.

The card will be distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Northumberland County and includes more than 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

"With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time when they need it the most," said Commissioner Stephen Bridy.

"There are no eligibility requirements, so the Rx card is expected to have a sizeable impact on uninsured residents or residents facing high insurance deductibles," he said. "If a particular drug isn't covered under a person's health plan, they can use the card to save on those prescriptions."

Bridy said providing savings for residents through the program will come at no expense to the county. In fact, Coast2Coast Rx will pay the county a royalty of $1.25 per prescription and the royalty does not increase the card holder cost.

In addition to the discount on prescriptions, the card also provides discounts on dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services, lab and imaging tests, and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members.

The Coast2Coast Rx card will be available for residents at most participating pharmacies, county offices, libraries and county health facilities. Residents will also be able to print the card and view the nearest participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.com.