Anne Arundel County officials said a renegotiated contract will save taxpayers $17.6 million in prescription drug costs over the next three years.

A new $215 million deal with CVS Caremark provides cheaper prescriptions to county government and school system employees, their families and retirees, officials announced Thursday.

County Executive John R. Leopold and Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell issued a joint announcement crediting the combined negotiating power of the organizations and the 22,500 people covered by the contract.

Schools and government have previously negotiated together for cheaper employee benefits, county spokesman David Abrams said.

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