RxRelief Card : Legit or Scam?

RxRelief Card : Legit or Scam?

*UPDATE 10-14-2013*

According to another reader, it seems that the Publix stores may not be accepting this card.  Please ask at your pharmacy for more information on discount cards that they offer.  Many Thanks to Marie in South Carolina for relaying this information!

*UPDATE 03-20-2013*

Seems the address associated with these cards has changed to: 5614 Connecticut Ave. NW #312, Washington, D.C. 20015-2604 which seems to be near a Cafe, Subway, and Flower Shop.  I still don’t see any evidence of an actual business.   Many Thanks to Terry S. of Erie, PA for pointing out this address change!

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Today’s trip to the mailbox yielded an interesting pair of RXRELIEF prescription cards; professional-looking at first glance, albeit a little generic and “hokey” with the word “RELIEF” listed as the PCN Code (whatever that is).  My initial instinct was to cut them up and take a break from my workday by shooting the little plastic pieces into my nearby trashcan “Chinese-Football” -style, but then my curiosity got the best of me.  So I Googled, read a little, went to their website (rxreliefcard.com) and realized that A LOT of people are questioning the authenticity of these cards. So for what its worth, here’s what I found :

  • The letter states: “GOOD NEWS – YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED”.  I’m sorry, did I apply for this? I don’t think so.
  • The website domain was registered in Oct 2011 (fairly new).
  • The address on the letter (5505 Connecticut Ave NW #312, Washington, DC 20015) is NOT the same address that is on the website (712 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10019-4108)
  • The Washington, DC address is a UPS STORE, sandwiched between a Senior Pepper Tex Mex Grill and a Liquor store.  I kid you not, here it is:

  • Quite the opposite is the NYC address (712 Fifth Avenue, 14th floor, New York, NY 10019)  – it is quite a swanky place!  Did you know the BUILDING itself has a wikipedia page?  See Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/712_5th_Avenue
  •  And there is an article about the tenants there?  http://therealdeal.com/issues_articles/712-fifth-on-top-of-the-world/   In part, this article states : “The boutique building, home to the offices of Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Canali and a number of other fashion companies..has a pearl-gray marble exterior, gray limestone and black granite….anyone able to pay the rent at 712 Fifth Avenue probably has plenty of cash to spare.”   CHRISTIAN DIOR? FASHION COMPANIES? DOES THAT SOUND LIKE THE RIGHT ADDRESS FOR A “HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE” that is trying to “help” people who can’t afford their prescriptions?  How can they afford that location?  How did they pay to get these cards printed and mailed? How are they making money??
  • In response to the question “What if my pharmacist doesn’t know what to do with the Rx Relief Card”, their website states: “If your pharmacist isn’t familiar with our prescription drug discounts, please have him or her call 1-800-776-0760.  Our pharmacist helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will assist your pharmacist with the simple process.”  WHAT PROCESS EXACTLY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?  The process where my pharmacist gives you more of my personal information than you already have since you mailed this to my house?
  • At best, this could be a simple ‘discount program’ for people with no insurance, however I still question the validity of the program.   But at its worst, it could be a sophisticated phishing scheme trying to collect your personal information to sell to other outlets and/or identity thieves.  Personally I would look into (and trust) the pharmacy’s discount program instead (see next bullet below).
  • *UPDATED SEP 24 2012*  It is worthwhile to note that many pharmacies already have their own discount programs.  If you don’t have insurance, these programs are designed to help reduce the cost of your meds.  If you Google the name of your pharmacy , for example  “CVS Pharmacy Discount Card”…. you can find these programs.  Or better yet, call your local pharmacy and ask them directly.  However keep in mind that these types of programs will NOT eliminate your co-pay if you already have insurance.

So in conclusion, I think these RxRelief cards seem very fishy… and although they might be of benefit for those with NO insurance, I would not use them.  I would still trust the pharmacy’s discount program over these cards from an unknown source that just show up in my mailbox trying to look official. So pardon me, I’m going to get my scissors out and play some Chinese football.  :)

 

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