Monday, June 27, 2016

6 Meds FamilyWize Users Save Big On



 You’ve no doubt read the common statistics about skyrocketing prescription costs. Anything you can do to save money on prescriptions – especially those you take regularly – is worth the effort.

One way to save is, of course, the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which can save you quite a bit on your medications – even up to 82 percent! – depending on the drug. The card (and the app) is free and we pass 100% of the savings back to you, so you’re always receiving the best price possible (whether it’s ours, the insurance price, or the pharmacy price).

Not convinced? Today we’re sharing six medications that FamilyWize users save big on. Just think – these savings could be yours too!

Generic SINGULAIR – Average Savings of 82%


The drug Montelukast Sodium, commonly known by its brand name SINGULAIR, is often prescribed to prevent or manage asthma symptoms and to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. FamilyWize users save an average of 82% off the price they would pay without the FamilyWize discount card.

Generic Amoxil – Average Savings of 41%


Amoxicillin is a generic for the brand name drug Amoxcil. It’s regularly prescribed for infections, as many of you probably already know! When you use the FamilyWize card or app you can save an average of 41% off the total cost.

PredniSONE – Average Savings of 28%


Have you ever been prescribed PredniSONE? Many people have, as it can treat diseases and conditions associated with inflammation. For example, it helps to relieve the symptoms associated with allergies and asthma. The great news is that when you use the FamilyWize card or app, you can save an average of 28% off the retail price of this commonly prescribed drug. Generic Imitrex – Average Savings of 79%

Often sold under the brand name Imitrex, Sumatriptan Succinate is a drug that FamilyWize customers often use the prescription savings card for because using it results in an average savings of more than 79%! Sumatriptan is commonly prescribed for migraine headaches.

Synthroid – Average Savings of 29%


Synthroid, a brand name drug, is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. It’s used to treat diabetes and endocrine issues – and with FamilyWize you can save an average of 29% - on a brand name medication!

Generic Cymbalta – Average Savings of 74%


Duloxetine (also known as Cymbalta) is commonly prescribed to treat major depressive disorder or general anxiety disorder. When you use the FamilyWize card or app you can expect an average of 74% off the regular price.

Yes, the savings that come with the FamilyWize card are a huge relief for those without insurance and facing what can be large medical expenses, but anyone can use it! The FamilyWize price is sometimes better than the insurance price. For those who are underinsured, with high deductibles or a plan that doesn’t cover many necessary medications, and for those with insurance, the savings are there for the taking! Use the Drug Price Lookup Tool to find out what you’ll pay before you go to the pharmacy, or don’t be hesitant to present the card and ask the pharmacist for a price comparison.
Saving money on prescriptions

Aside from the FamilyWize card, there are other ways to save. Always ask your pharmacist about the availability of your prescription medication in a generic, non-branded version. The highest savings percentages, as noted above, will nearly always be with generic drugs. However, you can use the FamilyWize card with any prescription. No matter what, you’ll always receive the best price.

We understand that this sounds too good to be true – but it’s not! Here’s how it works: FamilyWize negotiates with pharmacies across the U.S. to get discounts similar to what they would give large groups like insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize then passes 100% of these negotiated discounts to its cardholders. That’s it!

Don’t miss out on these savings. Get your free card here or the app here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Parties: Healthy, Budget-Friendly Summer Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Summer is a time for family gatherings, church picnics, block parties, and other social gatherings – and you’re usually expected to bring a dish! Looking for some new ideas? You’ll love these low-cost and tasty dishes. Each of these three summer recipes was selected for its healthy, family-friendly, budget-friendly, travel-friendly qualities. Bon appetit!


A Healthy Summer Snack: Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad


This is a light, refreshing, delicious, and easy side dish/snack to take to any summer gathering (or to have at home).

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cup thawed frozen or fresh sweet corn
  • 40 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (use the stems too!)
Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced (or 2 limes)
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
To prepare: 
  • Prep all the veggie ingredients and add them to a large serving bowl. Toss well to combine. 
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the veggies. Toss gently to coat evenly.
  • Serve with chips!

Get the original recipe from Produce on Parade.


Healthy Summer Main Dish Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats


This creative recipe from TheWholesomeDish.com is low-carbohydrate and high-protein. And its presentation as a “boat” makes it appealing to kids. You’ll start with halved, de-seeded zucchinis. You’ll be filling the boats with browned ground chicken, into which you have stirred some garlic and a favorite pasta sauce. After spooning the mixture into your zucchini boats, simply top with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and then bake until the cheese melts and the zucchini is soft. Super simple, and super delicious! Get the full recipe and details here.


Healthy Summer Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Fruit Cones


You’ll be hard-pressed to find a healthier or easier summer recipe than this. Here’s what you need:
  • Ice cream cones
  • Assorted fruit, cut into pieces
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)
All you have to do is cut the fruit of your choice into bite-sized pieces (as you would for a fruit salad). Place that fruit inside of the cones. That’s it! When you serve it, put out chocolate syrup for guests to add on top! Refreshing, somewhat healthy, and delicious! 


Summer Savings


These healthy recipes are just one step on the path of healthy living. If your summer involves trips to the doctor, it’s good to know that you can save an average of 43% on your prescriptions with the FamilyWize prescription savings card, which is free to all consumers, insured or uninsured, and has no eligibility requirements. Request a card at FamilyWize.org, or call 800-222-2818. Try it today and start saving!

Monday, June 13, 2016

How to Remember to Take Your Medication


Medication adherence is critical to the success of each drug. Sticking to the prescribed dosage and timing is essential to getting the most value from the medicine – not to mention that it can be detrimental to your physical health if you do not follow your doctor’s instructions. But in a world that is often full of responsibilities and distractions, it can be hard to remember when and how to take your meds. And the prescription drug adherence plot thickens when you’re groggy or confused as a result of a medical condition or from the drugs you’re taking. 

The following tips will help you remember your doctor’s medical plan of action: which drugs to take when, and in what dosage.

1. Set an alarm or a calendar reminder


The software on your computer or the apps on your smartphone can make remembering to take medications much easier. You can use these programs to set a repeating alarm – one that alerts you every day at a certain time, or several specific times a day. And unlike a traditional mechanical bedside alarm clock, you can label the software-based alarm with helpful info, such as the name of the medication, how much to take, and other important details, such as whether to take with food, take after a meal, take on an empty stomach, etc.

2. Use fridge notes


Sure, it’s old school, but consider putting sticky notes on places in your home that you know you’ll see every day (or several times a day), like the bathroom mirror or on the door of your refrigerator.
 

3. Enlist the help of a friend or family member


Getting loved ones involved can be especially helpful when the medications you’re taking are making you tired or confused, or when your medical condition is related to memory issues. Ask a trusted family member to help you with scheduled reminders.

4. Call your pharmacist


The job of your pharmacist is not just to dispense doctor-prescribed medications to you but to also know the side effects and compositions of various medications and to keep good patient records. Pharmacists can provide you with information on the drugs they dispense, including how often and in what doses they should be taken, what other drugs may interact negatively with them, and much more. And their computers keep careful track of your purchase records, so that they can retrieve your prescription history at near-instantaneous speeds.

If you cannot find the literature that came with your drug or don’t remember other doctor-specified or pharmacist-specified instructions, do not feel the least bit uncomfortable in calling your pharmacist and asking them questions about your prescription medication.

Saving money on prescriptions


When your doctor prescribes medicines, you’ll be relieved to know that you can significantly reduce the cost of your prescription with the free FamilyWize card. FamilyWize negotiates with pharmacies across the U.S. to get discounts similar to what they give large groups like insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize then passes 100 percent of these negotiated discounts through to cardholders when they go to their pharmacist to purchase their medicine. Find out more.



Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Saving Tips for the Whole Family

With the summer season quickly approaching, everyone wants to find ways to relax, have fun, and enjoy the season with family and friends. But can you do that without breaking the bank? Of course! Check out these summer saving tips for the whole family.



Entertainment

  • Find ways to have fun locally. Parks and recreation centers offer no- or low-cost camps, activities, and events throughout the summer months. Check out your local event calendar for details.
  • Rather than plan a vacation, which probably includes the expense of travel, a hotel stay, entrance to attractions, and meals, allow each family member to choose a day trip or activity to enjoy. By having fun closer to home, at least part of the vacation expense can be eliminated.
  • Use your local library. Not only can you and family member stock up on books for summer reading, but most libraries now offer movies, music, games, and tickets to area museums that can be borrowed, too. In addition, check out your library’s calendar of events for fun activities to enjoy, usually at no cost.

Food


  • Plant a garden this summer. It’s a great activity for the entire family, plus it helps you save on produce costs, too. Do you have a small yard, or no yard at all? No problem! Container gardens are a great option for small spaces.
  • Grill at home rather than eating out. Enjoy the summer grilling season by trying new recipes that your family will enjoy. Incorporate the produce grown in your garden, when possible.
  • Host a block party or potluck dinner. Encourage a greater sense of community in your neighborhood by bringing neighbors together. It’s a great way to socialize and enjoy a range of foods, while keeping entertaining costs down.

More Ideas

 
  • Teach your kids how they can enjoy “new” clothing from thrift stores and even garage sales. Since the summer season is especially short and kids outgrow clothing so quickly, buying secondhand clothing is a great way to shop for some new-to-you clothing without overspending.
  • Bike or walk as much as possible. Leave the car at home when you can. Not only will you experience savings, but you’ll also benefit from the exercise. Check out more here.
  • Energy costs can be particularly high in the summer months. But, there are ways to save, enlisting the help of your family members. For instance, remind your kids to turn off lights, appliances, and electronic devices when not in use. Keep your air conditioning set to 78 degrees as a rule of thumb. You might consider not running the AC when no one is home to help with summer savings. Check out this site for more energy saving tips.
  • Save money at the pharmacy. While certain illnesses, including the flu, are common in winter, others, including allergies and ear infections are common in summer months.

    The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card provides an average savings of 43% on medications! Anyone can request a card by printing one at www.FamilyWize.org/card or by calling 1-800-222-2818.

    FamilyWize also has a drug lookup tool. Before leaving your home to pick up your medication, taking a minute to look up the pharmacy with the best price can help you save significantly at the pharmacy.




    Both the savings card and the drug lookup took are available in the free FamilyWize app: Click here to download it to an Apple product or click here to download it for Android.  
 
Remember: the summer season is a great time to spend quality time with family and friends. At the same time, you can find plenty of ways to save! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The 10 Most Important Questions You're Not Asking Your Pharmacist

Your pharmacist is an important part of your healthcare team, able to help you with interpret and evaluate information regarding your medications, but they’re often an overlooked resource. The next time you visit your pharmacy for either prescription or over-the-counter medication, don’t hesitate to speak with your pharmacist if you have any questions. Below are 10 questions to consider asking.


  1. How long do I need to take this medication? In the case of an antibiotic, which is usually prescribed for an infection, you may only take the prescription for 7-10 days. However, for a chronic condition, such as a thyroid disorder, the medication might be something that’s required on an ongoing basis. It’s important to understand what your medication requires – and it’s also important to take the full dosage, even if you start to feel better!
  2. Should I take this medication with food or on an empty stomach? In some instances, taking meds with food might be necessary because taking it on an empty stomach can make you feel sick. In other cases, meds can have an interaction with or be ineffective when taken with certain foods. It’s important to know the proper way to take each medication.
  3. What time of day should I take this medication? All medications are different! Sometimes taking them in the evening is recommended, while others suggest taking them in the morning. Your pharmacist can point out the reason behind taking your medicine when it’s suggested.
  4. What are the possible side effects of this medication? By discussing any possible side effects with your pharmacist, you will be prepared should you experience any unusual sensations while taking your medicine. Sometimes side effects can even be managed by taking into account some of the above (when you eat and when you take your meds).
  5. What if I miss a dose? As your pharmacist will explain, in some cases, you should go ahead and take that missed dose. In other cases, you should wait until it’s time for your next dose. 
  6. Are there any possible interactions? It’s important to share a complete list of all your meds, both prescription and over-the-counter, including supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies, with your pharmacist to help alleviate any interactions. Also, your pharmacist will point out any possible interactions with certain foods, even exposure to sun, that can impact the effectiveness of your medication or your health. 
  7. How should I store this medication? For most medications, a dry, cool temperature is suggested for storage. There are certain medications that require refrigeration, however. Ask! 
  8. How should I dispose of this medication? Medicine take-back programs (www.fda.gov/drugs) are a great option for medication disposal. In some instances, flushing and using the trash are approved, too. Ask your pharmacist for guidelines. 
  9. Is a generic available? Using a generic medication can usually save you money while providing the same benefits as a brand drug. If you’re not receiving the generic, ask for it! 
  10. Am I getting the best price possible? By using your FamilyWize prescription savings card, you can ensure you are receiving the best possible price on your medication. Anyone can request a card by printing one at www.FamilyWize.org/card or by calling 1-800-222-2818.
     
    FamilyWize also has a drug lookup tool. Before leaving your home to pick up your medication, taking a minute to look up the pharmacy with the best price can help you save significantly at the pharmacy. 
     
    Both the savings card and the drug lookup took are available in the free FamilyWize app: Click here to download it to an Apple product or click here to download it for Andriod.
     
    Your doctor may have other money-saving suggestions or tips. 

 
Based on your condition, the prescription your doctor prescribes, and your personal situation, you may have additional questions for your pharmacist. Remember: your pharmacist is happy to help you with any questions or concerns, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Couponing Blogs You Should Follow Today

Savvy shoppers have utilized coupons for ages, and it’s easy to get started. Whether you use the printed version or those available through apps, there are coupons for just about any product or service you can imagine. Couponing allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you like at a lower cost. Who doesn’t like to save?


Now there are even couponing blogs that offer advice, money-saving tips, and couponing options. How do you find the best couponing blog for your needs? Check out these ideas:

Determine what type of coupons you primarily use. If you mainly look for coupons related to products and services for kids, there are plenty of mommy couponing blogs to follow. Check out www.topmommyblogs.com for a list of great blogs to follow. These blogs offer great tips on how to save money and feature special offers and advice. If you’re primarily in the market for grocery coupons, check out a site such as www.grocerycouponnetwork.com, which features 50 blogs related to groceries, home goods, travel, and other family-related items.

Establish how much information you are seeking. Many blogs offer much more than just couponing information. Determine how much other information, such as advice, recipes, informative articles, and even DIY ideas, you are looking for before subscribing to a blog.

Be realistic about how much time you have. With so many couponing blogs out there, subscribing to a few will likely save you money at the register. However, what you save in dollars might cost you in time. Assess how much you are getting from each blog and whether the time you spend engaged in the blogs is worth it in the long run.

Assess a blog’s ties to advertisers and offers. Is the blogger presenting a deal simply because it’s a great deal, or is the blogger financially tied to the company in some way? While the offer might still be a great deal, being aware of compensation is an important piece of information to have.

Couponing blogs to check out:
  • www.coupons.com Has local coupons and coupon codes for online purchase. This site allows you to share coupons with family and friends and offers cash-back offers and loyalty coupons.
  • www.truecouponing.com Offers coupons and deals on products for the home, food, and even silver jewelry. I did notice deals for specific stores, not just manufacturer’s coupons, on this site.
  • www.pennypinchinmom.com This mommy blogger worked her family out of debt, and she is determined to help others save money and live debt free. Her tips could help you!
  • www.thekrazycouponlady.com Offers extreme couponing information.

Also, don’t forget to share this blog - blog.familywize.org - with your family and friends. In addition to advice on issues such as health, wellness, and saving money, the Familywize Prescription Discount Card can help you save at the pharmacy.

www.familywize.org/card


Couponing blogs are a great way to learn effective couponing tips, engage in saving money on a regular basis, and have fun in the process. With friendly advice and up-to-date deals and offers, couponing blogs provide more than just money-saving tips for you and your family.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Five Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy

May is Mental Health Month, so we’re sharing five things you can do to improve your brain health, some of which may surprise you!



1. Connect with others in your community 

Having strong relationships with the people around you will enrich your life. People who maintain relationships with their families, friends, neighbors, and others in their community benefit from a stronger support system, which lowers stress and helps us to keep things in perspective.

Volunteering your time for a cause or issue that you care about is a wonderful way to give back to your community, meet new people, and also boost your mood. For volunteer ideas, you may consider checking out online resources including VolunteerMatch.com, or reaching out to your local United Way.

2. Pump up your gray matter with meditation 

A 2015 study conducted by a Harvard affiliated research team found solid evidence that meditation can actually transform your brain’s gray matter, sustaining a positive and relaxed state. They found that daily meditative mindfulness exercises resulted in two positive benefits:
  • Boosts in gray matter density in the part of the brain that increases self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.
  • Decreases in gray matter density in the areas of the brain associated with anxiety and stress. 

3. Eat your way to mental health

It turns out that what (and even when) you eat can positively, or negatively, influence your brain health. For example:
  • Certain fats are healthy for your brain, helping you maintain a happy state. UCLA's Brain Research Institute determined that the Omega-3 fatty acids in foods such as salmon, walnuts, and kiwi fruit not only enhance memory but also reduce depression, schizophrenia, and dementia.
  • Another study determined that cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens, etc.) can improve your mental functioning. 
  • Research shows that foods with beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, can decrease inflammation, which in turn positively affects your mood and cognition.
  • Dark chocolate’s antioxidants increase blood flow to the brain, which aids both mood and memory.
  • Studies also show that the curcumin in turmeric can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, and autism. And a 2004 study showed that the smell of cinnamon can boost brain activity. Nutmeg is often used to reduce fatigue and stress. 

4. Remain positive! a According to neuroscience research, engaging in negative thoughts causes the brain to be hardwired for chronic negativity. Complaining -- an offshoot of anger that leads to anxiety and stress -- compromises our immune systems, upsets hormonal balance, and makes us susceptible to stroke and heart disease. And our complaining words negatively influence the brain chemistry of those around us.
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5. Aromatherapy: smell your way to brain healtha

Research suggests that some fragrances may have a clinically significant effect on your mood. For example, one study found that roasted coffee bean aroma resulted in stress relaxation in rat brains. Another study found that the scent of orange oil decreased anxiety in dental patients and reduced reliance on antidepressant medications.

This information should not to be considered medical advice, so first consult with your physician before considering any new health regimen. And if your doctor prescribes medicines, don’t forget that you can significantly reduce the cost of your prescription with the free FamilyWize card
 
www.familywize.org/card