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Stater Bros. pharmacies serve up free antibiotics
November 6th, 2012
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Stater Bros. Supermarkets is lending financially pressed consumers a hand by offering free generic antibiotics at its pharmacies.
The company said Monday that this month all 27 Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies across Southern California will provide commonly used antibiotics at no charge, based on a 14-day eligible quantity. The offer also includes refills, to anyone with or without health insurance who presents a prescription.
Five classes of antibiotics are available, including amoxicillin (generic for Amoxil), ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (generic fro Cipro), penicillin and trimeth/sulfa (generic for Septra or Bactrim).
The regional supermarket chain, with 167 stores overall, noted that free medications provide valuable assistance to consumers in a time of economic instability and escalating health care costs.
"Stater Bros. believes in doing the right thing for the right reason," Stater Bros. chairman and chief executive officer Jack Brown said in a statement. "As the only supermarket chain in Southern California to offer this program free of charge, Stater Bros. is doing all that we can to ensure accessible and affordable health care to each and every one of our valued customers."
The retailer's Super Rx Pharmacies began providing free medicines in 2010 with the introduction of its free diabetic medication program, which offers common type 2 diabetes medications to customers with a doctor's prescription. The food and drug chain also has a $4 generic prescription program, in which more than 300 commonly prescribed generic drugs cost $4 for a 30-day supply or $10 for a 90-day supply.