GRIFFITH – As of April 3, the Lake Area United Way-FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card has saved local residents $1 million on medications for asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other health conditions.
“Lowering the cost of prescriptions allows more residents to get the medicine they need when they need it,” said Dave Koester, chair of the Lake Area United Way’s Allocations Committee.
Koester said LAUW’s partnership with FamilyWize has been a big benefit to area residents.
“The amounts patients save on health-related expenses are far greater than just the savings on the medicines. This program impacts health and also financial stability, two of United Way’s three focus areas; education being the third ‘building block’ which everyone needs to live a productive life,” said Koester.
Lake Area United Way (LAUW) launched the FamilyWize program in April 2010 after a thorough review process. “It’s wonderful that almost every local pharmacy participates in this program,” he added.
Locally, the card has been used over 47,000 times. On average, area residents save $17.63 or 33 percent per prescription.”For those living on a fixed income or just scraping by, this is money people can use to keep a roof over their heads, put food on the table, or save,” Koester said.