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FamilyWize prescription drug card promotes savings

Amarillo, TX - To help combat increasing prescription drug prices, an area organization is helping make necessary drugs affordable.

United Way said although this tool to reduce prescription drug prices has been around for awhile, not nearly enough people know about it. And now that prescription drug prices are increasing, it's time to reiterate how you can save big time.

Whether it's a change in your insurance, your policy, or even your deductible, it's no surprise when we realize our medication is becoming increasingly more expensive.

"I do know that families are struggling more and more with having to pay for those prescription medications," Katie Noffsker, Executive Director of Amarillo's United Way, said. "Where in some instances if you're an elderly person and you're on a fixed income, and you have more and more prescriptions that you are being given by your doctor, we don't want families to choose between eating and getting their prescription drugs."

To make sure this doesn't happen, United Way partnered with FamilyWize, a national organization focused solely on improving health and well-beings of communities. Together, the two have issued what's called a FamilyWize card, which can either be printed online, or found in your smartphones app store.

The card is free, and can help you save up to 75 percent on prescription drugs.

"FamilyWize is available to anybody," Noffsker said. "So there's no income requirements or restrictions. And it's available to you even if you already have insurance."

The FamilyWize card lowers the cost of medicine by an average of 40 percent or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan.

There's no registration or activation required and discounts are applied automatically.

Not all prescriptions can have the discount applied, however the FamilyWize discount card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies across the country, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart and Walmart.

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