Familywize Partnership Helps Save Local Residents $877,795 in Healthcare Costs

January 27, 2013, by admin

Savings from Free Prescription Discount Card Goes Way Beyond Cost of Drugs

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Every dollar patients spend on prescription drugs to treat heart disease and diabetes saves them $3 to $10 on other medical services, according to a 2011 Health Affairs study cited by United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. and FamilyWize, two organizations that are partnering to help families stay healthy.

As of December 31, 2012, the FamilyWize-United Way partnership with local pharmacies has saved people in southwest Louisiana more than $136,613 on everyday prescription costs for conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others, plus an additional $877,795 savings on other medical services specifically related to heart disease and diabetes such as doctor's office visits, hospitalizations and surgeries.

"Lowering the cost of prescription drugs allows more people to get the medicine they need when they need it,” said Denise Durel of United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.. "The amount patients save on the cost of complications, disease progression and additional health related expenses are far greater than just the savings on the medicine. This program impacts a person's health and also their financial stability, two building blocks of advancing the common good. We have partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in our area.”

Savings on medications can be as much as 75% with the free FamilyWize prescription discount card. Nationwide, more than 5 million people have been helped and more than $448 million has been saved. The card requires no enrollment or activation. Consumers just give the card to their pharmacists every time a prescription is needed and discounts are automatically applied.

"The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines and can make a difference in staying healthy. We hope everyone will help spread the word to their family and friends about this important free help,” said Ellen Imber, Vice-President Community Outreach for the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

"The cards can be used by everyone in the community,” Durel said. "They can even be used by people with insurance who may have a high deductible or take medicine that is not covered by their plan including people with Medicaid or Medicare when their prescription isn't covered,” Durel added.

The FamilyWize-United Way Card is easy to use and

  • Free
  • For immediate and unlimited use
  • For use by anyone
  • Accepted at every chain pharmacy and most independent pharmacies
  • Requires no enrollment or personal information

People can contact United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. at (337) 433-1088 to get a card, text "family” to 700700 for a text version of the card or visit

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