By Ashley Rader
More than 1,600 Carter County families saved more than $300,000 on their prescription medicines during 2012 thanks to FamilyWize prescription cards distributed through the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way.
As of Dec. 31, the partnership between the United Way and FamilyWize had saved 1,675 Carter Countians $110,602 on everyday prescription costs for conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and others, plus an additional $215,128 on medical services specifically related to heart disease and diabetes.
Individuals were able to save on their prescriptions by using the FamilyWize discount cards that were distributed to local pharmacies and from the United Way office.
“Lowering the cost of prescription drugs allows more people to get the medicine they need when they need it,” said Debbie Guy, director of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County. “The amount patients save on the cost of complications, disease progression and additional health-related expenses are far greater than just the savings on the medicine. This program impacts health and also financial stability, two building blocks of advancing the common good. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in our area. It’s wonderful that almost every local pharmacy participates in this program that helps our community so much.”