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VAN WERT - The United Way of Van Wert County and FamilyWize are proud to announce that their partnership has saved the people living and working in Van Wert County more than $22,000 on everyday prescription costs.

The free FamilyWize drug discount card is distributed by United Way of Van Wert County.

"No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent, or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That's why we've partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in Van Wert County," said Deb Russell of the United Way of Van Wert County.

Distributed through United Ways, the FamilyWize card lowers the cost of medicine by an average of 35 percent or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. It's easy. It's just like a coupon you can keep using every time you need to fill a prescription. All you have to do is present a FamilyWize card at a local pharmacy to get the savings.

"The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines with no paperwork or forms to fill out," said Dan Barnes, co-chair of The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.

The FamilyWize card is easy to use:

It's free

For immediate and unlimited use

Anyone can use the FamilyWize card

Accepted at 95 percent of pharmacies nationwide

No enrollment or personal information needed

1,000 United Ways in all 50 states have helped to save $420 million on prescriptions in their communities as of October, 2012.

The previous cards are set to expire as of December 31, 2012 but we have plenty at the United Way office. On January 2, 2013 you can call our office at 419-238-6689 or stop in at the office at 1151 Westwood Drive and pick up a card. If you have internet access can go to to print a card, look up drug price, and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

Just another way to LIVE UNITED!