Prescription drug discount program saves $23k for local residents |

Prescription drug discount program saves $23k for local residents

Casey Superchi fills a prescription at Safeway in 2012.

— A prescription drug discount program offered through Routt County United Way served nearly 200 people last year, saving them more than $23,000, according to organization leaders.

Routt County United Way partners with the FamilyWize program to give prescription medication discount cards, at no cost, to anyone interested.

FamilyWize works with more than 1,000 United Way agencies across the country to offer the cards, using the large customer numbers to negotiate deep discounts with prescription drug companies.

Routt County United Way Executive Director Kate Nowak said the partnership between United Way worldwide and FamilyWize began in 2005, and Routt County began participating in the late 2000s.

“All too often, we see families struggling to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications,” Nowak said. “Partnering with FamilyWize has allowed us to offer new, free resources to our community members for managing their finances and improving their families’ quality of life. It’s encouraging to see the true impact our partnership has had, and we look forward to supporting more families.”

Nowak said the cards are for anyone, but the greatest benefit is seen by people who do not have insurance or those who have high deductibles. She said the card can be used for one-time medication purchases or ongoing medicines and works best for generic prescription drugs versus brand names.

The $23,168 in savings on prescription medication for 188 Routt County residents was announced last week as part of the results of the Health Impact Report, which shows the financial results of the United Way and FamilyWize partnership.

“We are proud of our work with United Way and the far-reaching impact we have achieved,” Dan Barnes, CEO and co-founder of FamilyWize said in a news release. “The current U.S. healthcare landscape remains difficult for millions of Americans to navigate, and rising prescription medication costs are causing many to sacrifice health to afford other basic necessities. With United Way, we are working towards a goal of helping even more families become educated on their options for finding cost-efficient prescription medications.”

To sign up for the program, visit, download the FamilyWize app on a smartphone or print out the card online. The card is also available at Routt County United Way’s office, 443 Oak St., in Steamboat Springs.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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