Huddle.today – May 6, 2020
Genrus United will donate 500 year-long memberships for New Brunswickers who live in the areas of Saint John, Fredericton, Grand Bay, and Rothesay to help ease the financial strain of prescription medications.
The announcement of the 500-free-memberships campaign came amid the Covid-19 pandemic when many are facing greater financial uncertainty due to job losses or budget cuts. The program can help members save on over 130 prescription medications through a network of independent pharmacies. With the rampant layoffs also comes the concern of losing health insurance coverage obtained through employers.
Fresh off the success of a similar initiative in Nova Scotia, which was in partnership with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, expanding the offer to New Brunswick was the next logical step for Genrus United.
“There is a need now more than ever for people to reduce the cost of their prescription drugs in the province and we are able to provide that for 500 New Brunswickers,” said Dwayne Boudreau, Co-founder and COO of Genrus United. “The situation is unprecedented, we can’t look to the past to know what we need to do. We do know, however, that helping each other has always proven to be a great idea.”
People who are interested in becoming members of the Genrus United program are invited to consult the list of the available prescription medications before signing up for the program. The full list can be found at www.genrusunited.ca
Unlike many other programs, everyone is pre-approved regardless of age, health history, or employment status. No background, health, or financial information is required and the 500 new members from New Brunswick who join will be able to access these savings at participating independent pharmacies once their membership is confirmed within 48 hours.
These pharmacies include Bowman’s Pharmasave, Steeves Pharmasave, Rothesay Pharmachoice and Guardian Grand Bay. To see the full list of participating locations, visit the Genrus United web site.
Registration for the first 500 free memberships will open on Thursday, May 7, at 10 am on the company Facebook page. They will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. This represents a total investment of over $50,000 to help New Brunswickers.
‘’If we look at how fast the free memberships were claimed in Nova Scotia, we expect a same-day sell out in New Brunswick as well. We want to do everything we can to give back to Atlantic Canada during these challenging times’’ said Dwayne Boudreau.
Once the first 500 memberships are claimed, people will still be able to access the program for $7.95 a month.