United Way is pleased to offer the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount card. This card is free, with no enrollment, activation, or fees, and there are no age or income restrictions. The card can be used by the whole family and is for people with no insurance or for medicine not covered by insurance, Medicare or other benefit plans. Average discounts equal approximately 30 percent or more and the card is accepted at most pharmacies nationwide, including all major chains.

How Does the Card Work?

The FamilyWize cards are prescription drug cards. They reduce the cost of medicine and are self-explanatory. (All cards are bilingual — English and Spanish).

People just give the card to the pharmacists with the prescription from their doctor. The discount varies by medication, and the pharmacist will apply the discount automatically. People will save eight times out of 10 over the pharmacy prices. The only time there is no discount is when the pharmacy price is already lower, because people always pay the lowest price.

All FDA-approved brand and generic prescription medications are covered with the exception of mail-order prescription services.

Who Can Use the Card?

These FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards can be used by everyone in the community — not just people with no insurance.

They can be used by people with health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare during deductible periods; or for medications not covered by their plan; and for people with Medicare Part D during the “doughnut hole.” The cards cannot be used simultaneously on the same prescription to get a discount on the co-pay, for example, but it can be used if a prescription plan doesn’t cover a particular drug.

Where Can I Use the Card?

Below is a list of some local participating pharmacies (list is not all inclusive).

  • Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy
  • Barclay Pharmacy, Inc.
  • Bee Ridge Pharmacy
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Davidson Drugs, Inc.
  • Family Pharmacy of Sarasota
  • Hedges Health Mart Pharmacy
  • Kabs Pharmacy #2
  • Lemon Bay Drugs North
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • Olsen Ligget Drugs
  • Olson Drug Corp.
  • Publix Pharmacy
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sweetbay Supermarket Pharmacy
  • Target Pharmacy
  • Venice Apothecary, Inc.
  • Village Pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter Pharmacy
  • Winn-Dixie Pharmacy
  • K-Mart Pharmacy
  • Walgreens Drug Store

For more in-depth information and a list of drug prices, please visit the FamilyWize website at

Local Card Distribution Sites

Below is a list of some local distribution sites (list is not all inclusive).

  • All Faith’s Food Bank
  • Cadence Bank
  • Child Protection Center
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Florida Center for Child and Family Development
  • Insignia Bank
  • Landmark Bank
  • Sabal Palm Bank
  • Sarasota Family YMCA
  • Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System
  • Senior Friendship Center
  • Superior Bank
  • The Salvation Army – Sarasota
  • United Way of Sarasota County


United Way is pleased to partner with companies/organizations that would like to have cards available for employees or clientele. For cards, card stands, and brochures, please click on the download button below, print, and complete the FamilyWize order form and then fax or mail it to:

United Way Suncoast
1445 2nd Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Fax: 941-365-4368

United Way Helps Tampa Bay Residents Save on Prescriptions with the FamilyWize Discount Card

CLICK HERE to download the FamilyWize Discount Card

CLICK HERE to see a listing of participating Florida pharmacies

United Way is distributing FamilyWize cards free of charge to help individuals and families save money when they need prescription medications.

How Does the Card Work?

FamilyWize essentially acts like a huge consumer group-buying service for the uninsured and underinsured. The discounts and savings are provided voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies that have agreed to provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers. The participating pharmacies get more business in three ways:

  1. FamilyWize directs people with FamilyWize cards to their stores.
  1. People are able to fill more of their prescriptions because of the savings.
  1. People often buy other things when they go into the store to get their prescriptions.

Ultimately, it is the pharmacy that provides your savings. So please remember to thank your pharmacy for its participation in the FamilyWize network and for the important and positive difference they are making for you, your family, and your community.

All funding for the FamilyWize program is provided by part of the dispensing fee that is included in the cost of medicines when a FamilyWize card is used to save you money, and by in-kind donations and reduced costs from the program sponsors.

It’s easy to use a FamilyWize card. There are no forms to fill out, waiting period, or registration. The card is really just like a reusable coupon. Anyone in your family, your work, your church, or your neighborhood can use it, and they can use it immediately. You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance does not pay for.

You ALWAYS get the lowest price. Your cost will be the discount price with the FamilyWize card or the pharmacy’s usual and customary retail price, whichever is lower. You are responsible for the entire payment of the prescription medicine purchased after any discounts are applied. The FamilyWize card cannot lower the copay for medicine covered by insurance.


In the spring of 2005, Dan and Susan Barnes heard of families in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania who were having difficulty buying the medicine they needed because of the high cost of prescription drugs. They responded by distributing a free prescription discount drug card through family and health centers in the schools in Bethlehem. The family centers then involved the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley who asked 25 of its partner agencies to help distribute the cards to individuals and families in need throughout the area. Almost immediately, Dan and Susan received requests from other United Ways to provide this free assistance in other communities.

As a result, they established the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership in the fall of 2005, inviting a group of local and national companies to join together to provide this free assistance through United Ways to people in need across the county. Currently, 1,000 participating United Ways and America’s Promise Alliance Partners in all 50 states coordinate the local distribution of the free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. In February of 2012, the total savings from the use of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards passed $300 million, and a new goal was established to reach $1 billion in savings by the end of 2015.