United Way spreads word about free prescription cards

May 16, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Obtaining a free card could be the answer to saving more than 30 percent on prescription drug prices.

Jenny Fleming, community impact director for the United Way of Washington County, said the easily obtainable FamilyWize cards can be printed off the Internet or picked up at local pharmacies.

"It's fairly unknown," Fleming said. "It's designed to be easy for people. A lot of time, there's so much red tape."

Fleming said the cards cover all prescription medications.

The United Way got involved with the program to raise awareness that it exists, she said.

The program was created in 2005 to reduce the price of prescription drugs for people with no insurance or limited insurance.


Fleming said that in March alone, 777 claims were filed in Washington County.

The discounts totaled $27,931.

"The average savings was about 31 percent," she said.

Funding for the program is raised, in part, by a processing fee that cardholders pay when they purchase prescription medication, she said. Donations and program sponsors also help lower the costs.

Fleming said most pharmacies in Washington County and the United States accept FamilyWize cards.

She said the United Way has distributed cards to partner agencies, such as the Washington County Health Department, to help reach as many people as possible.

CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Weis and Walmart are among the pharmacies that accept the card.

To download a card, search drug prices or get a list of participating pharmacies, go to More information also may be obtained from United Way of Washington County at 301-739-8200.

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