County's Prescription Drug Discount Program Reaches Huge Savings Milestone

By Scott Sarvay

County's Prescription Drug Discount Program Reaches Huge Savings Milestone

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM EDT

Allen County, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Allen County Board of Commissioners and the United Way of Allen County have jointly announced that the county’s FamilyWize prescription drug program will soon reach the $1 million mark in resident savings.

In the first six months of 2012 the free prescription drug discount card was used 8,873 times for a total savings of $132,666.

The average amount saved on a prescription is nearly 31%, or $16.72.

The United Way of Allen County began offering the program to residents through its member agencies in March of 2007. In April 2008, the Board of Commissioners teamed up with United Way to help publicize the program and distribute cards in the community.

FamilyWize cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare. Most local pharmacies accept the cards, which have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms.

FamilyWize cards can be obtained at more than 50 sites from a variety of participating partner agencies, municipal and county agencies and departments. The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne also distributes the cards at its 28 food bank locations. You can also go online to www.familywize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and find a list of participating pharmacies.

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