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FamilyWize proves a wise investment

Families save $1 million with free drug card

What do you call more than $1 million in savings on prescription medications? Here in Allen County, we call it a good start!

For more than five years, the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card program has been available in our community through the work of the United Way of Allen County and the Allen County Board of Commissioners.

Over that period of time, these free cards have saved residents $1,021,227 on their prescriptions. The average saved per prescription is between 30 percent and 35 percent.

We’re sure you are aware of how difficult it is for many people to pay for their prescriptions. More than 40 percent of people in the United States are not filling their prescriptions, skipping doses or cutting their dosage in half to save money.

The FamilyWize card is playing a role in helping people in our community who have no health insurance or who are underinsured get the medicine they need.

Anyone can use the card. There is no enrollment, eligibility, paperwork or fee, and no personal information is collected or shared. One card is good for the entire family. These cards can be used for any prescription not covered by insurance. People won’t save every time over the pharmacy price, but they will about eight times out of 10.

A variety of local partner agencies, municipal and county agencies and departments are helping the United Way and commissioners’ office distribute the cards in Allen County. But we need even more help to reach everyone in our community with information about FamilyWize. We want to encourage physicians’ offices and clinics to display the cards. Civic organizations and neighborhood groups can help spread the message. Business owners, companies and employers – large and small – could help by making sure each employee has a card. After all, increased absenteeism as a result of illness affects productivity and the ability of a business to perform its best work.

Feel free to contact United Way of Allen County’s 211 information service or the Allen County Commissioners’ office for more information on the FamilyWize program and to obtain cards for distribution. You can also print your own card by going online to With everyone’s support, we can build on this good start, save our citizens millions more dollars on their prescription drugs, and help improve the health and well-being of our community.

Therese Brown , Nelson Peters and Linda Bloom are Allen County commissioners. They wrote this for The Journal Gazette.