FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards
Drum, Executive Director, United Way of Alexander County, announced
that 250 free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards are
now available to help people with no prescription coverage lower
than the cost of their medicine. These cards are being distributed
free of charge, courtesy of the United Way of Alexander County.
FamilyWize has donated 1.2-million prescription drug cards to
320 participating United Way agencies in 49 states plus Puerto
Rico as part of in-kind donation by Membership Services Corporation
located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and its industry partners.
Printing of one million prescription cards was donated by another
Pennsylvania company, Independent Graphics of Pittston, Pennsylvania.
Total savings climbed to $1 million, an average savings of 38%
or $20.12 per prescription.
“Too many American families have insufficient or no prescription
drug coverage at all,” Healthcare costs are one of the top
concerns for people not only in our community but surrounding counties
also. FamilyWize discount prescription drug cards will help families
who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs.”
“Membership Services Corporation and its industry partners
are very excited to partner with participating United Way’s
to get the FamilyWize card into hands of families who most need
the help,” said Dan Barnes, President of Membership Services
Corporation. “The FamilyWize community service partnership
is committed to reducing the cost of medicine for children, families
and individuals with no prescription drug coverage by $100 million
in five years. These cards can reduce prescription drug costs by
an average of 20% or more. Working with reputable and established
charities like local United Ways is one of the best ways to reach
the people who really need to save money on prescription drugs.
This partnership supports three United Way goals: economic self-sufficiency,
early readiness and 211.”
Community impact by distributing these free prescription drug
discount cards can be immediate. One United Way recently received
its first 250 cards on January 25th; within 30 days 150 prescriptions
were filled using these cards. The cost of the medicine was reduced
by $3,133.11 an average savings of 42% or $21.88 per prescription.
are still tens of millions of people with no prescription drug
coverage paying full retail price for their medicine because
they don’t know these cards are available
to them, including the majority of people in the Hispanic community,
most employees of small businesses and many of the working poor.
Here are some of the program highlights:
*list of participating UW agencies online at www.familywize.com
*savings 8 times out of 10 over pharmacy price
*no cost to United Way or people getting the cards; fully funded
*for anyone with no other prescription drug coverage or card
*valid for all family members living in the household
*no eligibility, age requirements, waiting periods, enrollment
*cards are printed in English and Spanish
*participating pharmacies: 95% of all U.S. pharmacies (over 53,000)
*accepted at all chain pharmacies and most independents
*zip code locator for participating pharmacies is on the website
*discounted drug prices can be looked up on line
get more information, you can visit their website at www.familywize.com or
call your United Way office at 632-9565.