$472,000 Saved in Prescriptions by SD Residents

United Way of San Diego County helped residents save more than $472,000 on prescriptions in 2011 through a partnership with FamilyWize 41 percent of adults say it’s a problem for their family to pay for prescription medications
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Feb. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- SAN DIEGO, CA (Feb. 16, 2012) –Thousands of prescriptions go unfilled simply because they are too expensive to fill. But free FamilyWize prescription discount cards, provided by United Way of San Diego County, address this problem. Last year, this partnership saved residents $472,950 by cutting the cost of medicines by an average of 35 percent.

“The cost of a prescription really shouldn’t be a factor, but, more and more, we’re finding that the high price of medicine means that people have to make a choice. They can either fill a prescription or put food on the table and keep a roof over their head,” said Shaina Gross, Senior Community Impact Manager. FamilyWize free prescription card saves an average of $20 per prescription. Those savings oftentimes mean the difference between taking a medicine or skipping it.”

United Way of San Diego County is part of a nationwide grassroots effort in conjunction with FamilyWize Community Service Partnership. The free cards are accepted at 95 percent of pharmacies nationwide, including all major chains. Using a card to save on prescriptions doesn’t require enrollment or personal information, so they’re ready to use the minute you receive one, according to Dan Barnes, co-chair of FamilyWize.

“This helps people who have no insurance the most, but it can also help people with insurance if it doesn’t cover their medicine,” said Barnes. “It’s easy, like using a coupon. Just take it to your local pharmacist, and they’ll know exactly what to do to automatically apply all the savings available to you.”

An estimated 16 percent of Americans didn’t fill at least one prescription in 2010, and another 13 percent reported taking expired drugs, skipping a dose (12 percent) or splitting pills without approval from their doctor or pharmacist (8 percent). The alarming statistics are from the 2010 Health Tracking Household Survey, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In most cases, cost was the reason cited.

FamilyWize was the first organization to offer prescription discount cards for free to everyone, locally and nationwide, struggling with the high cost of medicine. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has worked with almost 1,000 local United Ways across the country to help more than 3.4 million people save over $300 million on their prescriptions.

To get your FamilyWize discount card, call 858.492.2000 or visit www.FamilyWize.org to print a card you can use immediately.

A list of participating pharmacies and discounts on specific drugs is available on the FamilyWize website, familywize.org.

About United Way of San Diego County

United Way of San Diego County is a nonprofit organization that for over 90 years has improved lives by mobilizing the community and raising funds to solve Education, Income and Health issues. The United Way movement creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. To learn more about the United Way, visit http://www.uwsd.org, Facebook and Twitter.


Dan and Susan Barnes established the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership in the fall of 2005 inviting a group of local and national companies to join together to provide this free assistance through United Ways to people in need across the county. Currently 1,000 participating United Ways and America’s Promise Alliance Partners in all 50 states coordinate the local distribution of the free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. In February of 2012, the total savings from the use of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards passed $300 million and a new goal was established to reach $1 billion in savings by the end of 2015. For more information, visit www.FamilyWize.org.

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United Way of San Diego County is a nonprofit organization that improves lives and creates lasting change by raising money and mobilizing the community to solve education, income and health issues. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.uwsd.org
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