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Giant Eagle unveils free antibiotics program
September 7th, 2009
PITTSBURGH – Giant Eagle Inc. is offering certain commonly prescribed generic antibiotics at no charge through all of its pharmacies.
The food and drug store operator said it is making 10 generic prescription antibiotics in 46 common dosages available free every day in its 210 pharmacies in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north-central West Virginia and Maryland.
The generic antibiotics being offered are amoxicillin, doxycycline hyclate, tetracycline, ampicillin, erythromycin, bacitracin, cephalexin, penicillin, ciprofloxacin and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim.
Part of a consumer wellness initiative, the program is an extension of Giant Eagle's ongoing price reduction efforts and builds on its $4 generic prescription drug program, which the retailer said delivers an additional $64 million in annual customer savings.
"The Giant Eagle pharmacy is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities, especially during the back-to-school season, when children and families begin to move indoors and become more susceptible to bacteria-related illness," Randy Heiser, vice president of pharmacy for Giant Eagle, said in a statement. "This new, free antibiotic program is expected to result in $4.6 million in annual cost savings for our customers, helping children and adults alike obtain these important antibiotics."