The food and drug retailer said Tuesday that the new Publix Pharmacy program includes 29 generic medications in 85 dosage options.
The drugs include highly prescribed treatments for heart health/cardiovascular, diabetes, cholesterol, mental health, seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, gout, arthritis and pain, gastrointestinal issues, asthma and allergies, men’s health and women’s health. Under the Publix generic drug program, the price is the same regardless of patients’ insurance coverage.
According to Publix, providing price transparency on medications helps patients assess their out-of-pocket costs and makes them more inclined to take their medicines as prescribed. The company noted that medication nonadherence often worsens patients’ health conditions and can lead to hospital readmissions.
“Health care costs continue to rise, so sometimes people have a hard time filling their prescriptions as regularly as they should,” Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix, said in a statement. “We believe this low price will help encourage customers to follow their doctor’s orders, so they can experience better health outcomes.”
Publix Pharmacy also has a free medication program for certain maintenance drugs and antibiotics. These include generics for high blood pressure (amlodipine, lisinopril), diabetes (metformin, lisinopril), and allergies and asthma (montelukast), as well as commonly prescribed antibiotics (amoxicillin, ampicillin, SMZ-TMP, ciprofloxacin and penicillin VK). Patients can get up to a 90-day supply for maintenance medications and up to a 14-day supply for antibiotics, and the medicines are free for as long as their physician prescribes them.
Overall, Publix operates 1,167 supermarkets — including more than 1,000 in-store pharmacies — in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.