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United Way offers discounts on prescription drugs
by Tribune Staff
Feb 24, 2012 | 824 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — To help individuals with the costs of prescription drugs, United Way of Northern Nevada and Sierra (UWNNS) is offering community members the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card. The card could lower the cost of prescription drugs by an average of 20 to 35 percent. UWNNS is providing these cards free-of-charge to any interested individual in the community. Since UWNNS began offering the FamilyWize cards in 2008, more than $ million has been saved on prescriptions drugs from 102,367 claims in the region in which UWNNS serves. 

“The FamilyWize discount card is another option for citizens to save on prescription drug costs, enabling them to take their medications as prescribed and invest in their wellness,” said Karen Barsell, CEO and president of UWNNS. “Research shows poverty can affect employment, educational attainment, housing circumstances, nutrition and health. Being in extreme poverty dramatically increases a person’s likelihood of being uninsured.  Many adults avoid seeing a doctor even when necessary because of cost.”

The FamilyWize card can be presented each time a prescription is filled to receive the discounted price or the pharmacy’s retail price, whichever is lower. The card is free and for immediate and unlimited use. There is no waiting period, as well as no age, income or residency requirements. No enrollment or personal information is needed and the card is valid nationwide.

The FamilyWize card can be used by everyone, not just people without insurance. The card does not replace insurance, but people with health insurance may use it during the deductible period. It also can be used to lower the cost of medicine for people who take medications not covered by their plan, or accompanied with health benefits like Medicaid and Medicare. Savings can be up to 30 percent or more with the biggest discounts on generic drugs. FamilyWize is funded by a small portion of the dispensing fee included in the cost of the medicines.

Those interested in obtaining FamilyWize cards can call United Way in Reno at 322-8668 or visit

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