News release from the Allen County Board of Commissioners, dated August 2, 2011 – see the webmaster’s note at the end of this post:
FamilyWize Program Remains Healthy in Allen County
Total savings exceed $600,000; Use of free Rx drug card continues to grow
(August 2, 2011) â€” Use of the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card continues to grow in Allen County, according to figures released today by the Board of Commissioners and the United Way of Allen County.
For the first six months of this year, the free card was used 6,914 times by residents and resulted in savings on prescriptions totaling $111,565. The number of claims jumped by nearly 1,000 compared to the same period in 2010 and the amount of money saved increased by $11,800. Since March 2007 when the program was first established in Allen County, 34,824 claims have been filed. The amount saved on those claims totals $619,023. The average amount saved on a prescription is 30%, or $17.77.
The free FamilyWize drug discount card is distributed by United Way of Allen County. In March 2008, the Allen County Commissioners’ office teamed up with United Way to help publicize the program and distribute cards in the community.
The FamilyWize cards are accepted by most local pharmacies. The cards have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately. FamilyWize cards can be obtained from a variety of participating local partner agencies, county and municipal agencies and departments. People with Internet access can go to www.familywize.com to print a card, get a list of participating pharmacies and look up drug prices.
Webmaster’s note: I have several news releases from various organizations sitting in my inbox. Part of the mission of this blog is to keep a historic running record of the goings on in Fort Wayne. To that end, even though they are out of date, I am including this older news release.