Schnucks, which operates 102 stores and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi, has started the program as of today.
The free drug offer, which competes with Wal-Mart and Target's $4 generic prescription plans, will cover seven widely prescribed generic drugs.
"You donít have to be a regular customer; there is no co-pay and no required purchase. Schnucks will assume all costs," Schnucks Vice President of Pharmacy Michael Juergensmeyer said. "The Schnucks free generic antibiotic program represents a significant investment in the communities we serve. Clearly, we hope to expose more customers to the convenience of our pharmacies, but it will also go a long way toward easing the burden on families and on the healthcare system in general."
The list of free generic oral antibiotics available at Schnucks currently includes Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Penicillin and Trimeth/sulfa. These antibiotics were selected from a list of families of drugs most often prescribed to children and adults.
Publix Super Markets began a similar program nationwide this past August.