Campaign: Generics are REAL
Winner: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
To increase generic drug fill rates across upstate New York to produce out-of-pocket savings for consumers, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield launched a multi-year campaign whose core message was: “Ask your doctor or pharmacist if generic drugs are right for you.” Another objective was to establish Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as a leader in community awareness about generics and a resource for the news media, community leaders and employer groups.
Leveraging news releases, fact sheets, TV and radio spots and Web tools, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield was able to get its message out to the right audience. Another tool used to spread the campaign’s message was a print ad series in four upstate New York regional newspapers.
From 2005 to 2008, the upstate New York generic fill rate increased by more than 12%, from 55.6% to 68.4%. The estimated savings for upstate New York communities totaled more than $725 million.
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