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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Drug Wars

I just started learning about Wal-Mart's $4 prescriptions, and now Meijer is going to top it... from the Indy Star:

Meijer Inc.'s 176 pharmacies will fill without charge prescriptions for seven generic oral antibiotics, the discount retail and grocery chain said Monday.

"Any customer, regardless of insurance or copay, can take their prescription to any Meijer pharmacy and receive their designated antibiotic free of charge," the company said.
Meijer said its program covers at least one antibiotic from each major antibiotic classification. They make up at least 70 percent of the generic antibiotic prescriptions for children that Meijer fills.

I like this talk of reduced priced drugs, but it still doesn't fix the problem of affordable health care...

The covered antibiotics are Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciprofloxacin, Penicillin VK, Ampicillin and Erythromycin.

Grand Rapids-based Meijer has stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced last week it would offer $4 prescriptions for some generic drugs at its stores in 15 states, including Illinois and Indiana, after launching the program in the Tampa, Fla., area two months ago.

In May, Kmart, which is part of Sears Holding Corp., started offering 184 generic prescriptions for $15 for a 90-day supply in all its 1,100 pharmacies nationwide.