Showing posts with label FamilyWize prescription drug card. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FamilyWize prescription drug card. Show all posts

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Unexpected Savings at Roosevelt Field Mall

There is no greater feeling than going to the mall, walking to your favorite store, and seeing a big sign offering discounts of up to 75% off on all of your most-desired items. For three days, FamilyWize provided this feeling to over 1,000 Roosevelt Field Mall shoppers in Long Island, NY.
Sharon Galzarano RPh in front of FamilyWize info center
Sharon Galzarano, RPh., in front of the FamilyWize information center
at Roosevelt Field Mall, Long Island, NY. 

For many people, though, prescription medications are much more important than buying a pair of jeans. While it’s okay to wear the same pair of jeans until you can afford another, this is not the case for medications. Several studies have shown that many people skip filling prescriptions in order to save money, and this has a long-term effect on one’s health and is actually more costly in the long run. How much more costly? One Health Affairs study published in 2011 claims that for every dollar spent on high blood pressure medication, for example, a patient will save an additional $10 on future hospitalizations, tests, or operations. In other words, by taking all medications correctly now, a patient will have a greater chance of avoiding expensive procedures in the future.

On October 19, 20 and 21, the FamilyWize marketing team distributed 1,800 prescription discount cards to mall shoppers. We also gave out Script Your Future wallet medicine reminder cards, pillboxes, reusable grocery bags, and Halloween glow sticks. 
FamilyWize giveaways at Roosevelt Field Mall
Among other things, our giveaways included the
NCL's wallet medicine reminder cards.

Most importantly, we offered visitors the opportunity to “Ask the Pharmacist,” Sharon Galzarano, RPh, questions about health and medications. We spoke to 232 of these visitors in greater detail, and here’s what we learned from them over the three days:

  • 67% are personally concerned or impacted by the cost of prescription drugs;
  • An additional 10%, while not personally impacted, have family members or friends without adequate prescription coverage;
  • Several visitors admitted to regularly skipping doses or re-filling prescriptions to save money;
  • Most visitors were extremely impressed with the wallet medicine reminder cards provided by the National Consumers League;
  • 100% of children really, really love glow sticks!
Nora speaks to a visitor about FamilyWize card
Nora speaks to a visitor about the benefits of the FamilyWize card and the
other tools we provide to increase wellness.  
We are extremely happy to have been able to celebrate National Pharmacists Month at Roosevelt Field Mall and to promote the message that the FamilyWize prescription discount card is not only a unique cost-savings tool, but also one of many tools to improve one’s overall well being.


Aura Mastraghin
FamiliyWize Marketing Team Member and Contributing Writer

 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Walking for a cause: the unaBridged story


Last weekend, the FamilyWize marketing team had the opportunity to travel to the Brooklyn Bridge to participate in United Way of New York City’s LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk & Festival. According to United Way of NYC, every year “the LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk brings together thousands of individuals and teams from all sectors to raise awareness of the need to "bridge" critical gaps in educational achievement, income stability and access to healthy food for low-income New Yorkers.” During the event, thousands of participants walked across the Brooklyn Bridge before settling in Cadman Plaza for outdoor activities and the opportunity to receive valuable information from dozens of nonprofit organizations.


A view of Cadman Plaza during the LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk & Festival
A view of Cadman Plaza during the LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk & Festival

Here’s a fun fact about the bridge: when it was completed and opened for use in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world, and the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn! Since then, the Brooklyn Bridge was designated a National Historical Landmark, which makes it a perfect location for events that emphasize cultural and economic diversity and increase awareness for topics such as health, income, and education.


the FamilyWize marketing team speaks to a walker about our card
Nora and Holly speak to a walker about the FamilyWize card
The United Way of New York City volunteers did a great job entertaining walkers of all ages in Cadman Plaza by providing balloons and games for the kids, and informational materials for the adults. At the FamilyWize table in the Health Pavilion, we were happy to be able to give out prescription discount cards that people could use right away. The most common reaction we got after explaining the benefits of the card was disbelief, to which we replied, several times in one conversation, “Yes, really.”



Even dogs got to wear the LIVE UNITED t-shirts
Even four-legged friends enjoyed the LIVE UNITED t-shirts

The Bridge Walk was also a great reminder that nature can be just as engaging as technology, but significantly more fulfilling. We saw people in Cadman Plaza of all different ages walking, running and playing with one another. At more than one point throughout the morning, the plaza was flooded with walkers in LIVE UNITED t-shirts, some of them even four-legged!

Overall, our team gave out hundreds of cards to New Yorkers who struggle to afford their prescription medications, and we are thankful to the United Way of New York City for inviting us to this event. Regardless of walking for a cause, walking to work or walking for fun, this activity greatly contributes to a healthier lifestyle at absolutely no cost – kind of like using the FamilyWize card! And, if you’re ever in New York, the Brooklyn Bridge offers 5,988 feet of pure, unadulterated walking.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New FamilyWize Team Members

Here at FamilyWize, we put out the welcome mat for two young ladies who joined the marketing team!

Aura Mastraghin graduated in May from University of Pennsylvania where she studied marketing with a special interest in creativity.

Love her name? Her mom and grandmother are both named Aurelia and her name is a creative spin off.  

In her spare time she likes to do "nerdy things." (Her words, not mine!)  One of those "nerdy things" is a video game called Age of Empires which is a real-time strategy game.  She is an only child and the proud mama of three cats--Bella, Tomba, and Indy.  

The one thing people would never guess about her is that she doesn't speak with a foreign accent.  If you're scratching your head, would explaining that she has only lived in the United States for a little over a decade explain it?  Aura moved to Philadelphia when she was 11 after her family won the Visa lottery.  Talk about luck!  Since she spent a while growing roots in Romania, she enjoys going back every year to visit her grandmother, aunt and cousin  as well as the friends  she has kept in contact with all these years.  

One thing that not too many people know about her is that she has never been to a football game! I told her she's not missing too much anyway.  There is a 50/50 chance of one of the teams winning. 

Aura will be responsible for the creative marketing aspects of the FamilyWize branding campaigns.  She builds messaging, imagery, creative content in line with the goals of the FamilyWize program.  Her strength in understanding the customer's experience helps drive her every project as she works to communicate our message and guide the team in reaching new communities to help.



Christina Colon graduated in May from DeSales University in Pennsylvania where she studied marketing and finance.   

She called herself a "Jersey Girl" up until recently when she moved to the keystone state to go to school and ended up moving in with some girlfriends after she graduated.  What's the one thing she misses about Jersey? Having her gas pumped!  In her spare time, she likes to get to know the city of Bethlehem where she recently moved with her friends who double as tour guides.  

When she's not at FamilyWize, she is a part-time hostess at a modern restaurant and hang out spot around the corner from the office.  

One thing not too many people know about her is that she loves to cook.  Most of her recipes were first an experiment and then became a recipe card.  Her specialty is stuffed turkey burgers which her roommates request often.  I would describe them, but you would drool and we don't want that! 


Something people would never guess about Christina is that she doesn't know how to ride a bike and she's not ashamed of it either! She said she wasn't blessed with coordination.  Plus, growing up in a big city, riding bikes wasn't a huge part of their activity.

Christina will be responsible for the direct to consumer data marketing points for FamilyWize.  She is a data driven marketer who understands, visualizes and communicates the marketing trends our data provides us.  Her gift is both as a tactical marketer and as a communicator of the results of our efforts each day.  She is a fast study of technology and marketing in a digital world.  Her ability to influence using social media and online tools will be one of her greatest assets to our marketing team.

Krysta W.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Save On Your Pet Prescriptions

For most of us, our pets are part of our family. They are children, brothers, sisters... heck, I consider my brother's cats my nephews!

According to the ASPCA, 62% of all households in the United States have a pet.  We animal lovers always think that our pets are never going to get sick and will live forever.  I know I do!  But when our four-legged child, brother, or nephew needs pet medicine like antibiotics or a heart medication, what do you do?  The truth is...our pet health is not something we plan for!

My doberman, Mya, gets frequent bladder infections.  Since she can only bark at strangers who walk by and not talk, she tells us by laying at the door all the time rather than in her dog bed.  Every couple of months, we go for a car ride because my sweet pet needs a veterinary visit.  It's the same routine: our pet vet samples her urine, shakes her head, and hands us a bottle of antibiotics.  

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My three nephews-all in good pet health!
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My dobe Mya has been
prescribed a few pet prescriptions!

Keeping my pets healthy is one of my priorities, but it's a tough pill to swallow sometimes.  Every time I head to the counter after one of my pets gets checked out, I cringe because if I need medication, I can never predict what my bill will look like.  I like surprises, but not that kind of surprise! 

Recently, I saw a commercial for online discount pet pharmacy and thought I would do a little research to see if that was a way to keep my pets AND bank account healthy!  After I played detective for a hot minute, I realized that online pet pharmacies may be an alternative to purchase cheap pet medication.  However, buyer beware!  Although there are reputable internet pet med pharmacies out there, there are also fraudulent ones.  Don't take a chance with your pet's health.  Make sure the online pet pharmacy you choose is certified.  One such certification is from the National Association Boards of Pharmacy who accredits online pharmacies for dispensing prescription drugs for animals.  The certification is called Vet-VIPPS.  This way you know your dog is getting the proper dosage in order to get well.

 Protect Yourself While Caring for Your Pet

Always curious about learning new things, I continued my Sherlock Holmes moment.  I did a little bit more research.  It turns out, in some states, veterinarians can legally deny a patient's request for a written prescription, leaving the patient to either purchase their pet's medication at the vet or not at all.  Crazy, right?

I also learned, however, there is a new act on the block titled Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011 that plans to represent just what it says--fairness to pet owners.  If passed, by law pet owners will have the right to receive a copy of veterinary prescriptions, personally or electronically, to take to a pharmacy that fills pet prescriptions if they choose.  In some states where it is legal to write pet prescriptions, veterinary practices are charging a fee to write out a prescription to use elsewhere.  They also make patients sign a waiver saying the practice is not responsible for accuracy of the prescription.  In layman's terms, if you take your pet prescription and get it filled somewhere other than at your vet's office, your veterinarian is not responsible if the prescription is filled with the wrong dosage or even medication.  The law, if passed, will prevent practices from charging a fee for simply writing out a prescription and making patients sign a waiver relinquishing responsibility.  The act was introduced last April and is still waiting to be passed by the house and senate and to be signed by the President.  

In the meantime, if  the cost of your prescription pet meds is causing you to roll over and play dead, there is help!  Another option for caring for our four-legged friends is pet insurance.  Yes! Pet insurance!  ASPCA provides  Pet Health Insurance  coverage for your best friend that comes in four different tiers of coverage.  With over $50.96 billion spent on our pets in the United States last year (American Pet Products Association), pet insurance is becoming more common and a way to reduce the costs to keep your pets healthy and your dog's tail wagging and cat purring.

For those who don't have pet insurance and live in a state where your veterinarian can prescribe your pet a medication, check out the FamilyWize prescription discount card.  The program covers all FDA-approved medications.  Since most pet medications are human medications, you will be able to save an average of 35% on your pooch's prescriptions.

Krysta W.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Check Your Expiration - Prescription Meds

With the cost of prescription medicines rising, many people might be tempted to hold on to a medication just in case they need to take them again.  Maintenance medications, those we take on a daily basis for chronic medical issues, are filled on a regular basis.  But what about medicine we take for seasonal allergy relief or for temporary pain?  Should we hold onto unfinished portions?  Is it safe to take them again, even if they are a little past their expiration dates?

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Expiration dates on medicine also called discard after date.
Expiration Dates
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started requiring expiration dates on medicine sold by prescription and over the counter.  Expiration dates can be found on the prescription label, the bottle, or box of the medication.  The FDA contends that medication expiration dates help in determining a medication's effectiveness and safety after expiration.  Expired medication can lose its effectiveness and in some cases can even pose a threat to one's health.  Tetracyclin for example is an antibiotic that can cause serious kidney damage if taken after expiration date.  

Most expiration dates range from one to five years.  However, in some states, pharmacies are required to give a prescription a one year expiration date once they have re-bottled and dispensed it.  Berkeley University advises that under ideal conditions, many medications remain stable long after their expiration dates.  However, most people do not keep their medications in these conditions.  Once the bottle is opened, a medication begins to break down. Exposure to sunlight, extreme temperatures or moisture affect the stability of medications.

Are All Expiration Dates Equal?
Berkeley University lists the following medicines that break down quickly and should not be used past the expiration date.
  • Liquid antibiotics
  • Liquids requiring refrigeration
  • Insulins
  • Nitroglycerine
  • Epi-pens
The following are medications that may be safe to use, although could be less effective, after expiration.
  • Cold remedies
  • Topical ointments and creams
  • Pain relievers
  • Sleeping aids
Medication packaging also contains information regarding safe storage and expiration dates.  As with anything we eat or put on our skin, if it is discolored, has a strong odor or has changed in appearance, for example become powdery, it should be discarded.

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Expiration dates on over the counter drugs.
 The FDA advises that expired medication can pose a health risk if taken after the expiration date, especially if not stored properly.  It is important to read and follow the instructions for proper storage of both prescription and over the counter medications.  They should  be stored in a controlled climate and properly sealed in their containers.

Medicine Storage Do's & Don'ts
  • Do store in a cool, dry, dark place away from heat and moisture.
  • Do refrigerate when indicated.
  • Do not store in a bathroom medicine cabinet.
  • Do not store in your car.
Medications can start to break down and lose their potency (also called efficacy) once they are exposed to air and different temperatures.  Does this automatically mean that the expired medicine poses a health risk?  Not necessarily.  Berkeley University explains that there is no evidence to suggest that expired medication is harmful to your health.  It could depend on the medication.  Many experts feel that it is not worth risking.  The FDA advises not to take the risk.  The chemical composition of a medication can start to break down due to improper storage and this could be dangerous.

Even if  there does not seem to be a threat due to an expiration date, consider these reasons for properly discarding unused medications.  Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center advises:

Medication Dangers
  • Abuse - Prescription pain killers are often abused, especially by teenagers.
  • Accidental dose or overdose - Children and the elderly can take medications by accident.  Taking a medication that is not prescribed can be dangerous even in a small dosage. 
  • Pets - Like children and elderly parents can get into medications, too.
  • Poisoning - Medication poisoning is a leading cause of death from poisoning.
As a full time caregiver, I will also add that it is very easy to grab the wrong prescription or even over the counter bottle on a busy morning.  Last summer while my mother was taking Coumadin, a blood thinner, she had several different dosages available.  Patients who take Coumadin often experience dosage changes, especially when they first start taking the blood thinner.  It can change every two weeks, or even more frequently.  I had to keep the different bottles well marked and separated in order to avoid giving her the wrong dosage.  Too much and she could bleed to death.  Too little and she could develop a deadly blood clot.

For some medications, we might have to keep some on hand.  For most we do not have to.  Don't make your job harder. Discard expired medication and avoid medication dangers as much as possible.

As rising costs continue to influence how long we hold onto prescription and over the counter medications, expiration dates will factor into our decision to keep or discard those old bottles.  If you are cost conscious, as most of us are, remember that the FamilyWize prescription discount drug card is free and can be used at over 61,000 participating pharmacies.  Save up to 75% off the cost of prescription drugs.

If you do have expired medication, come September is the DEA National Take Back Initiative.  This initiative allows you to return expired medicines so that they are properly disposed of.  We will be posting a blog in September as a reminder and give you more information about where you can go.  In the meantime, check with your pharmacy or FDA.gov for proper disposal directions of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Caroline Carr
Contributing Writer

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Narcolepsy A Matter of the Brain

Below is a picture of my daughter.  She is beautiful and vibrant and leads a busy life...but her daily life is a life of exhaustion.  Why?  She has narcolepsy.  Even when she was little she never slept through the night.  We thought perhaps she had sleep apnea, so when we had her tonsils taken out we thought her sleep would improve and it did slightly.  But as a preteen she also had Lyme's disease after which her sleep problems worsened along with her health.  Is there a correlation?  New studies may show some correlation between Neurological Post Treatment Lymes disease and narcolepsy / chronic fatigue, but nothing conclusive yet.

Narcolepsy Sleep Problems
Is she sleeping or is she awake?
Narcolepsy affects many!
Whatever the cause - it is a frustrating autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on your sleep and your life!

My daughter does not have the type of narcolepsy where if she sits she falls asleep, which is how most people envision a narcolepsy sleep disorder.  Instead her brain really doesn't know when she is supposed to be asleep or awake.  So if she is sleeping and dreaming, those dreams actually are real and she acts them out.  When she was younger, she had a loft bed.  She was in one of her lucid dreams (narcoleptics reach REM (Rapid Eye Movement) within the first few minutes of sleep, whereas other people fall into REM sleep about 100 minutes into sleep).  She thought her mattress was falling on her so she jumped over the side and out of the bed.  It is five feet off the ground.  Luckily she didn't get hurt.  That is the sleep side of her life.

The awake side is a little more scary.  Two years ago while starting school to be an aesthetician, she was driving and missed her exit.  She called me in a panic.  We have learned that part of her neurological sleep disorder means she doesn't go anywhere new without someone else taking her there first.  (This is also part of a learning disorder - visual perception processing disorder. But that is another blog.)

I told her to tell me where she was and we got her back in the right direction.  During this time however she confessed, "I think I fell asleep."  She no longer drives any long distances by herself.  In order to drive, she is required to either take a sleeping aid or something to keep her awake.  Because she is small in stature; the medications really mess with her.  There are prescription medications for narcolepsy treatment, but you need to check with your doctor and pharmacist to see which is best for you.  Because of her physical responses, she has opted for natural alternatives.  She may go back on the sleep medication however, which is highly regulated and unusual in its dosages, but at least helps her sleep.

My daughter is now 20 and through my research has new hope.  She doesn't feel so alone with this disease.  Because it isn't just the sleep. She suffers from narcolepsy with cataplexy.  This is when her body physically goes to sleep although she is awake.  She is not alone though according to the National Institute of Health, "...one in every 3,000 Americans" is affected by this sleeping disorder.

What is narcolepsy?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke define as:

"Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system characterized by the brain's inability to control sleep-wake cycles."

There are many studies and reports on narcolepsy, but this site provides clear and simple information on narcolepsy.

Although my daughter has adjusted her life and doesn't let it stop her from having fun, my biggest concern for my daughter and others like her is that a lack of sleep associated with sleeping disorders can cause health problems.  "Even the loss of one hour of sleep time that accumulates for several days can have a powerful negative effect on daytime performance, thinking, and mood", according to the Sleep Foundation's Sleep Wake Cycle Study.  And even more astounding is the Center for Disease Control article on sleeping problems which indicates, "Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health."

If you have narcolepsy, another type of sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome (RLS), or have problems falling asleep, then I would encourage you to see a doctor and get a sleep study test.

A lack of sleep can cause difficulty in your daily lives and wreak havoc on your health.  So improve your life and your health and get help with your sleep.  To find out some of the health risks and how to sleep better, check out our other blogs:
At FamilyWize we truly seek to help you find not only affordable prescription medications for sleep disorders, but help you find ways to live healthy.  If you suffer from a sleeping problem, check our Drug Look-Up Tool to see if we cover your sleep medication and can help you get a discount on your prescription medicine.

Donna Cornelius
Content Manager and Editor for FamilyWize


Friday, July 13, 2012

Help Me Sleep!

So we discussed what happens with problems sleeping and related health risks, but the question remains:  How do I get better sleep?

First, if you have or think you may have a sleep disorder, then you need to seek help from a doctor.  These can lead to more serious health problems.  Look for sleep centers accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine at www.aasmnet.org and click on "Find a Sleep Center" or call 708-492-0930.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Most people view sleep as a time to shut down and shut off the brain.  Research has shown that there is so much more taking place when you are in a horizontal position.  Your body is actually quite active:
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Sleep has many health benefits.
  • Improving your memory and creative juices
  • Repairing your body
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Raising your metabolism
  • Curbing inflammation
  • Lowering stress
  • Helping you lose weight
  • Improving problem solving skills

Oh, and for athletes 10 hours of sleep improves speed and performance.  I will be sharing this with my son who is bound for college football this fall.

According to the National Institute of Health report on Healthy Sleep, experts believe that while we sleep brain cell's pathways are made stronger.  Healthy living, thinking, and sleep affect these pathways, which kind of look like trees - seriously trunk and branches.  So think of it like this.  Sleep represents the roots of your health tree.  As we sleep the trunk brain pathways (called axons) get stronger producing more branches (dendrites).  The dendrites or branches can grow or whither depending on a lot of things, but sleep as well.

Ways to Get Better Sleep

There are many sleep aids out on the market both over-the-counter medications and prescription medications referred to as hypnotics. The FamilyWize free prescription drug card covers sleep aid prescription medications.  As with all prescriptions, check with your doctor to see which  is right for you; and then check with your pharmacist to make sure there are no contraindications with other brand or generic prescription medications you may be taking.)  Up to 10% of the adult population in the U.S. took sleeping aids in 2010.

What does that say about our state of sleep?

I would like to provide you a few remedies for sleep that may help improve your sleep problems.
  • Avoid caffeine after 4 p.m.  If you need an afternoon pick me up, try drinking your caffeine around 2 p.m.
  • Turn down the heat.  Exercise in the morning, afternoon, or early evening.  Exercise increases your metabolism and raises your body temperature.  According to Dr. J. Todd Arnett, Director of University of Michigan Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, your body has to be a certain temperature in order to fall asleep.
  • That glass of wine you enjoy in the evening - try having it earlier.  Although people say wine makes them drowsy, it will actually disrupt your sleep later.  An Alcohol Alert by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states, "Alcohol consumption can induce sleep disorders by disrupting the sequence and duration of sleep states and by altering total sleep time as well as the time required to fall asleep."
  • Make a list - one thing that is helpful for me is to write down my list of to-do's for the next day, so I am not thinking about them while trying to fall asleep.
  • Don't go to bed angry.  I was raised with the saying,  "Don't let the sun go down upon your wrath."  For me it meant spiritual implications, but the Health and Sleep Journal agrees that going to bed angry causes health problems.  So if you are angry at your significant other be sure to forgive him or her before you go to sleep.
  • Eat your sweet potato.  Certain foods and food combinations have tryptophan, which produces serotonin.  I personally cut up a sweet potato, which produces melatonin, into chunks, put it in a blender add water, cinnamon, and ginger and then drink.  A few days of this and you will sleep like a baby.
  • Try some meditative yoga or yoga stretches to ease away the tension and relax your body. li>Make your bedroom your retreat.  Remove the clutter, the electronics, and other distractions that may cause you to not rest in your own bedroom.
Above all else, the best advice is to try to get the proper amount of sleep for your body.  Most doctors recommend seven to eight hours of sleep at night, but each body is different.  We have become a 24/7 society.  Stores are open 24 hours, television shows don't ever stop (Did you know that the TV used to go static after a certain hour of the night?), the computer never goes to sleep, but you need to - so do yourself a favor and relax and enjoy a good night's sleep and live healthier and longer!

P.S. If you take an FDA approved sleep medication and need help with the cost of your prescription medicines, check out the FamilyWize prescription card.  Our Rx drug card users saved an average of 51% on their sleep medications.

Donna Cornelius
Content Manager and Editor - FamilyWize

Monday, July 9, 2012

FamilyWize Receives Common Good Award for Savings on Prescription Discounts

The wonderful aspect of working at FamilyWize is being able to see first hand all the good this company is doing.  Even with the healthcare reform in progress—there are still millions who are struggling to get their prescription medications and receive proper healthcare.  But every day, FamilyWize and the United Ways are making a difference in people’s lives with free prescription medicine discount cards.

Not to toot our own horn, but to give you insight on what these cards are doing in towns just like yours, I want to share with you some FamilyWize and United Way news!  This is just one example of what is happening across the country.

Partnership Hits Close to Home in a BIG Way!


Dennis Carmen, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County (in MA), knows to the dollar how much impact the free FamilyWize prescription cards that their United Way distributes has had on the area.  As of June 26, this one United Way has saved individuals in this county over $875,000.  The impact is huge and growing daily. You can even watch the savings change by the second on the United Way of Plymouth County’s website.

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Carol Brian, VP of Partner Support receiving
Common Good Award from CEO Dennis Carmen
Recently Carol Brian, our Vice President of Partner Support, journeyed up to Plymouth County Massachusetts on June 6th to attend the 90th Annual Meeting of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.   FamilyWize was honored with the Common Good Award in the area of Health.   We were the only non-local company so honored. Carol accepted the award on behalf of FamilyWize.

Mr. Carmen stated, “For a community this size, the savings we provide on medicine for people is significant.” Carmen pointed out, “FamilyWize makes it possible for our neighbors who are struggling, many of them older folks; to buy both the medicine they need plus pay for necessities like food, utilities, clothing, etc. This is a phenomenal alliance with almost 1,000 local United Ways like ours, nationwide, but it is felt so strongly locally.”

Carmen went on to say, “It’s truly wonderful to be able to honor such a partnership that works so directly.  These free cards we distribute have been used about 55,000 times and give an average savings of over 30%.  For a person who might take $500 or $600 worth of medicine a month, think of how much they save.  We’ll soon have saved $1 million dollars with a simple free card we give out.”

United Ways like the one in Greater Plymouth County are amazing partners for this grassroots effort,” states Dan Barnes, co-founder and CEO of the FamilyWize Community Partnership.  “We need partners like them to reach all those people who don’t even know that this kind of assistance is available to them no matter what their age or income is.  These are savings negotiated on behalf of the 2 million people who used our discount drug card in 2011.  No one should hesitate to get a card and see how much they can save."

Isn’t that amazing!!!  Imagine saving your community $1 million dollars in prescription medicines.  As of April 2012, the free FamilyWize cards have helped more than 4 million people save over $345 million.  But as the saying goes, “It takes a village to a raise a child.”  But, we know it only takes one person to make a difference in another’s life.

Part of what Familywize does is help individuals like you to pay it forward!  It takes just a minute of your time to get a FamilyWize United Way free medication discount card and pass it out to your co-workers, friends, family, church; the potential is limitless.  You can go online to www.familywize.org and Get a Card or call us for a free Rx card at 800-222-2818.

An even easier option now to get a discount drug card is to text “Family” to 700700.  A text message will be sent to your phone that you can show to the pharmacist at one of the 65,000 participating pharmacies to receive your discount automatically.

Our cards are free, but we need your help in reaching the millions who need help with their brand name and generic medicines!

For more information about how you can help or to find out more about the FamilyWize company visit www.FamilyWize.org or Facebook.com/familywize.

Thank you for helping us to reach one more person!

Donna Cornelius
Online Marketing Manager

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Affordable Health Care - The Court's Decision

It has been decided.  The Supreme Court made their ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act.  The court upheld the mandate that the federal health care reform bill, brought forth by President Obama and Congress, can require Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty stating that it is "characterized as a tax," which is permitted by the Constitution.
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Supreme Court passes federal health care reform bill.

FamilyWize does not take a political position on this decision.  Our stand is that we fully support affordable health care for all children, individuals, and families in the United States.

But even as government moves forward to implement the federal health care law, there is nothing in legislation that mandates coverage of prescription medications.  

There is an unprecedented and growing need for prescription medicine coverage.  More than 80 million people in the U.S. are uninsured or underinsured.  More than ever, people need access to affordable medical and prescription coverage.  


Even when this Affordable Care Act is implemented in 2014 problems with the rising cost of medical bills and prescription medication do not go away.  In order to make health care more affordable, insurance plans are cutting out or cutting back healthcare coverage, and especially prescription coverage.  No matter who you are in America; the increasing costs of getting necessary prescription medicines may seem to be an UN-Affordable act.

There Are Options and Help with Your Health Care Bills

Since 2005, FamilyWize has been working with the United Ways to provide affordable prescription medicines to everyone in America whether they have health insurance or not.  FamilyWize has set a goal to "reduce the cost of medicine for children, families, and individuals by $1 billion by the end of 2015."

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Family Wize discount drug card is free nationwide.
With the constant changes in Medicare, Medicaid, and increased expenses to state and federal governments, every person can help another person get a FREE FamilyWize United Ways prescription discount drug card. We are a country "united" and we need to work together to make affordable options in prescription drug costs.  Across our country over 60,000 pharmacies are providing discounts to individuals and families who may not otherwise afford their prescribed medicines.  From the Medicare Donut Hole to middle and lower income individuals and families who are uninsured or under insured - health care costs are on the rise for everyone.

So please take one minute today to help do your part in making health care more affordable.

Print a discount drug card or text the word "family" to 700700 and  start saving money on prescription medications!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"I AM CHANGE" - I AM A VOLUNTEER

I always say, "When you are too busy for people, you are too busy doing the wrong thing."

So many times we get so busy between work, family, friends, WORK, and the many other activities -  we forget those around us.  The connection of one person to another brings not only hope to the person being helped, but also joy in our own lives.

Community Volunteer
United Way's Day of Action volunteers.
On June 21st we all have an opportunity to do something for someone intentionally through United Way's Day of Action.  United Way is one of our partners for the FamilyWize free prescription discount drug card.  They impact people's lives on a daily basis through education, income, and health.

So what can you do?

Contact your local United Way.  (Use our Where to Get a Card page to find a local participating United Way or go to www.UnitedWay.org and enter your zip code at the top.)  Then give them a call and ask them if they are participating in the United Way Day of Action on Thursday, June 21st.  Or ask them how you can be part of their volunteer program and be "the change" in someone's life.    

Just so you know - I walk the talk.  I am working with a group of people right now to raise money for a young twenty-six year old mother who needs a heart transplant.  This group is helping on many levels - helping her find a more affordable place to live and a more affordable car payment.  Teaching her proper nutrition to improve her current physical state as well as raising money!  Just from the little things, she shared that she doesn't feel alone in this journey and has come to trust our group!  For me to help ONE person not feel like they are alone in this big old world is worth everything!

It doesn't have to be a big project.  You don't have to do it alone.  Get a group of people together. Call your local United Way and work on a project for a day or for a week.  Just become a community volunteer so that you can make a difference in another person's life.

The joy you receive out of it - is just as HUGE as the act you are doing!

So remember Thursday, June 21 United Way Day of Action!  Please share with us what you are doing to CHANGE lives.  You can also be part of the United Way's Big Tweet (check back for details on Wednesday)!

Share this blog with your friends and get them involved too!!!

Donna Cornelius
Online Marketing Manager

Monday, June 11, 2012

Vacation - Don't Forget to Pack!

Ah, summer --  the time of year when kids are off from school, The Beach Boys never grow old, watermelon becomes a food group, and bathing suits are considered clothing. 

Summer is also the prime season to vacation.  But when leaving for vacation, have you ever had that feeling of "I'm forgetting something" cloud your mind?

You can tie a string around your finger, leave Post-its all over the place, but there is always that one item (or five) that forgets to make the trip. 

Before you venture out for summer vacation, here is a list of of commonly forgotten items.  (Our helpful way of making sure they ARE in your suitcase.)
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen, Lip Balm
  • Bug Spray
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Cooler
  • Chair
  • Shoes
  • Clothing 
  • A Great Book  
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks 
  • Prescription Medications
  • And last, but not least...your FamilyWize Card
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FamilyWize prescription drug card saves on medications nationwide.
Just in case you lose or run out of your medicine, the FamilyWize card can be used at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.  Whether you are traveling from Concord, New Hampshire to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina or Helena, Montana to Honolulu, Hawaii, the FamilyWize prescription drug card can accompany you on your travels and still help you receive a discount on your medication- even when you are hundreds of miles from home sweet home.

When tying a string around your finger doesn't work, what is the most common item you forget on vacation? Let us KNOW!

Krysta W.