Publix said Monday that it’s offering the services for customers ages 13 and older. Its pharmacists can evaluate patients, perform a diagnostic test and dispense treatment in one visit.
Patients who test positive for strep throat will be prescribed Penicillin VK by the pharmacist through the Publix Free Antibiotic program. If customers have an allergy to Penicillin, an alternate prescription is available, Publix said.
Customers testing positive for the flu and meet requirements will be prescribed antiviral medication. Also for these patients, pharmacists can dispense treatment for other household family members so they don’t catch the flu, Publix noted, adding that its pharmacies provide flu shots to help prevent the spread of the virus.
All Publix pharmacies in Florida offer the tests on a walk-in basis for $30 each. Restrictions apply, and customers can speak with a Publix pharmacist for more information.
“Our pharmacists’ ability to test and dispense medication for patients with strep throat and flu is another example of the premier service our customers have grown to expect from our pharmacies,” Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix, said in a statement. “Publix cares about our customers and their health. Our pharmacists are able to provide a convenient and affordable service to customers who are under the weather. Providing medication on the spot truly makes this program full service.”
Overall, Publix operates 1,128 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina, including nearly 1,000 in-store pharmacies.