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FLORENCE, Ky. and MONTEREY, Calif., Feb.16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --, Inc. (OTC: HEWA), a leading VIPPS*-accredited retail mail-order pharmacy, and MedLion, Inc., a pioneering direct primary care practice in Northern California, have partnered to provide under-insured and uninsured people in the Bay Area, Central Coast and Fresno with discount prescription medications delivered free to their homes.

Nearly seven million Californians lacked health insurance in 2010, more than any other state, according to a study released in December 2011 by the California Healthcare Foundation. Twenty-four percent of working, non-elderly (age 65 and younger) Californians had no health insurance, four percent higher than the national average. The study also showed nearly one in five Californians with annual family incomes between $50,000-$75,000 lacked insurance.

"MedLion is doing what no other health care model does in California," said Founder and CEO Samir Qamar, M.D., who started MedLion in Monterey in 2009 and now has affiliate offices in Fresno, Mountain View, Oakland and San Francisco. "We close the gap between government-run, employer-sponsored and uncompensated charity care by offering affordable, high-quality, direct primary medical care without the hassle of traditional HMOs. shares our mission on the prescription drug side.  We are delighted to be working together to change the healthcare system." is a mail-order pharmacy that offers easy, low-cost access to a range of popular prescription drugs, all of which are approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S. When their patients need to fill prescriptions, MedLion physicians will start the process by sending prescriptions to, using e-prescription, fax, or phone. The patient follows up to provide billing information, which can be done online or via phone.  With free shipping, an order typically takes between two-to-nine days. 

"We share Dr. Qamar's vision of providing affordable healthcare to all, especially those who have been most affected during these tough times," said Lalit Dhadphale, co-founder and CEO of "As more and more prescription drugs move to generics, we are able to provide a compelling, 50 to 70 percent cost savings over private insurance and government prescription drug plans.  We are delighted to partner with MedLion to deliver this comprehensive solution directly to the patient."

About MedLion, Inc.
MedLion is a direct primary care clinic group currently in Monterey, San Francisco, Mountain View, Oakland and Fresno. MedLion offers direct primary care for only $59 a month—$39 for seniors and $19 for children—with $10 office visits. Visit MedLion online at

About, Inc. (OTC:HEWA) is a retail mail-order pharmacy, licensed in all 50 U.S. states and VIPPS-accredited, that sells only drugs FDA-approved for sale in the U.S. Based in Florence, KY, our mission is to drive affordable healthcare in our country by eliminating inefficiencies in the drug distribution chain. We offer a large catalog of low-cost prescription and over-the-counter medicines, with 300 prescription drugs priced at only $3.50 each. With our free shipping option, orders typically arrive within two-to-nine days. A three-time consecutive winner of the BizRate Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding customer satisfaction, we are one of the fastest growing mail-order retail pharmacies.  Visit us at

*In response to public concern about the safety of pharmacy practices on the Internet, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) developed the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program in 1999. Pharmacies displaying the VIPPS seal have demonstrated to NABP compliance with VIPPS criteria including patient rights to privacy, authentication and security of prescription orders, adherence to a recognized quality assurance policy, and provision of meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.

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