County officials hope to save nearly a quarter million dollars on prescription drugs for county jail inmates after signing with a new drug company Friday.
The county has seen a dramatic increase in inmate medical costs and spent about $918,000 for prescription drugs alone last year, county attorney John Feighner said.
Based on last year’s costs, Diamond Pharmacy Service of Pennsylvania would be able to supply the same drugs and offer a 24 percent savings, which amount to about $220,000, Feighner said.
There are too many variables to guarantee such a savings, but officials are confident the county will still see a significant savings during the next year, said Robert Bolenbaugh, county purchasing director.
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