Greenwich Pharmacy offers discount program for town police officers, firefighters

The town’s police officers and firefighters are usually the ones who come to residents’ aid, but with the help of Greenwich Pharmacy, that aid is now being reciprocated in the form of a free pharmacy discount program.

Working together once again to forge a public/private partnership in Greenwich, town resident Joe Kaliko and State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st) initiated the Greenwich Pharmacy program, which was instituted in late May and serves police officers, both paid and volunteer firefighters, fire-police members and their families.

“The point is to try in every way I can to identify local needs … with the abilities of the business community,” Mr. Kaliko said.

Greenwich Pharmacy is at 116 Greenwich Avenue.

According to Mr. Kaliko, Greenwich Pharmacy owner Dmitri Daniarov was enthusiastic about getting on board with the project, offering to lower prescription copays or eliminate them altogether, along with plenty of other perks, for the first responders who choose to participate in the program.

And Mr. Daniarov is no stranger to giving back to the community. Along with his wife, Susana, the pharmacy owner recently agreed to underwrite the cost of a therapeutic music program at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing and rehabilitation center when the facility fell short on funding for several years — which happens to be another public/private partnership initiated by Mr. Kaliko.

The pharmacy discount program is expected to save police officers and firefighters hundreds of dollars per year, per individual, Mr. Kaliko said. Each case will be analyzed individually and Mr. Daniarov will use various methods to get reduced prices on medications for each person.

For example, Mr. Kaliko said, the drug Advair, used for COPD, asthma and other breathing problems, often requires a $45 copay with insurance. The drug costs about $300 for one month. With one of the pharmacy’s $50 coupons, worth $600 per year, the drug store could effectively wipe out the copay. Additionally, Mr. Daniarov is entitled to a one-month, $300 supply for free. This one example might save someone $900 per year for this one medication alone, Mr. Kaliko said.

It’s all made possible because Mr. Daniarov is not constrained by the policies big drugstore chains institute and he therefore has direct contact with manufacturers and a means of lowering prescription fees, Mr. Kaliko added.

In addition to ensuring that all prescription medications are sold to program participants at a minimum of 10% less than any competitor pharmacy, a long list of other benefits comprise the pharmacy program, Mr. Kaliko said. All insurance plans will be accepted by the pharmacy, program participants will enjoy 10% off of all non-prescription purchases throughout the store, extra value shopping days and special coupons will be issued, and free delivery and free prescription pickup services will be available.

Additionally, free first aid supplies for each firehouse and fire vehicle in Greenwich will be provided and replenished annually, Mr. Kaliko said. Burn supplies, bandages, ointments and other supplies will be selected by in-house chiefs in cooperation with Mr. Daniarov and the fire chief’s office.

The benefits don’t stop there, Mr. Kaliko said. The pharmacy will also offer a special needs program for volunteer firefighters who are out of work, on limited income, or to any participant who has special needs; free subsidized medication programs explored by the pharmacy with drug manufacturers for any police officer or firefighter who can’t afford medications; and free, ongoing prescription transfer service.

And to top it all off, Mr. Daniarov has also volunteered to sponsor some charity events for the town’s fire-police patrol, Mr. Kaliko added.

Now, Mr. Kaliko said, it’s a matter of spreading the word about the pharmacy discount program. Some firefighters have already begun to reap the benefits but there are many others who are still unaware of the deal and the hope is that word of mouth will fix that, he said.

“It’s a no-lose situation.”


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