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United Way card helps people with drug costs

test it out. “I can’t thank FamilyWize INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Se- enough,” he said. “It’s nice to get bastian resident Robert Shreffler a break like this, you never hear already is saving money on his good news anymore.” prescription drugs thanks to the Lisa London of new FamilyWize prescription the Indian River drug discount cards handed out County United Way by Indian River County United said they have seen Way. a “tremendous reShreffler, 78, was having a sponse” from peohard time paying for his ple coming in to get high-priced prescription drugs. Shreffler the cards. He had even called his doctor to The FamilyWize say he couldn’t afford them any- Partnership, which started in more. Bethlehem, Pa. in 2005, is offered The doctor offered to switch him to generic and a larger sup- through hundreds of United ply. Between the switch and the Ways nationally, with millions of discount card, Shreffler will save cards in circulation. Whether or around $25 a month on the pre- not the United Way in a county scription. is participating, discounts are “I’m just tickled to death,” available at more than 200 major Shreffler said. chain pharmacies and many inAfter hearing about the pro- dependent pharmacies. A list of gram, he searched its Web site to participating pharmacies can be check how much money he found at the Web site. would save. There he was also Shreffler said he plans to tell able to print out a card, so he could head to the pharmacy to his 40-year-old son, who underBY ROBIN ROUP

FAMILYWIZE PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT CARD • The free cards offer an average of 20 percent savings on the pharmacy’s usual and customary retail price of prescription drugs, with the highest savings on generic drugs. • There are no fees or eligibility requirements, and no application form. • More information is available at www.familywize.org. The site has drug prices and a list of participating pharmacies. Cards can also be printed from the site. • Cards are also available at United Way of Indian River County office, 1800 14th Ave., Vero Beach. County officials, about 800 county residents have the card and “I also told five people about it are seeing savings averaging at in the pharmacy line, and am e- about 21 percent. mailing a lot of my friends about Both cards are free, and there it; it’s just so great,” he said. are no age or income requireIndian River and Brevard ments, and no applications to fill counties are offering a similar out. program with Carecards. On av“You can have both cards and erage, consumers who have no present them at the same time to insurance or have prescriptions see which one has the best disnot covered by insurance are count or covers the most drugs,” saving 20 percent, or $10 off a $50 said Michael Kint, Indian River purchase. County United Way executive diAccording to Indian River rector. went open heart surgery a few years ago, about it.

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