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Publix enhances free medication program

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. has expanded supply options in its free medication program to help patients on maintenance medicines.

Publix store_Port Wentworth GA_WEBThe food and drug retailer said Tuesday that Publix Pharmacy will now offer free 90-day supplies of metformin, lisinopril and amlodipine to customers with a prescription for the medications. Previously, 30-day supplies of these medications were offered under the retailer’s free medication program.

With the program enhancement, Publix will provide a maximum 90-day supply (up to 180 tablets) of lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor used to prevent, treat or improve symptoms of hypertension, certain heart conditions, diabetes and certain chronic kidney conditions. Combination Lisinopril-HCTZ products are excluded.

Meanwhile, Publix will offer a maximum of 90-day supply of generic, immediate-release metformin, up to 360 500-mg tablets, 270 850-mg tablets or 225 1000-mg tablets. And for amlodipine, a calcium-channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure and angina, the retailer will provide up to a 90-day supply, with a maximum of 180 2.5-mg or 5-mg tablets, or 90 10-mg tablets. Amlodipine combination products are excluded.

Publix noted that it enhanced the program to promote its pharmacy patients’ medication adherence.

“Publix Pharmacy continues to enhance our free medication programs to best serve the needs of our customers,” Maria Brous, media and community relations director for Publix, said in a statement. “With health care and prescription costs continuing to rise, medication adherence may prove challenging. The enhancement to our free prescription programs and pharmacy services allows our customers to focus on staying healthy and achieving their overall wellness goals.”

In addition, Publix also offers a free 14-day supply of several generic oral antibiotics, including amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), penicillin VK and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP).

Publix is North America’s 11th largest retail pharmacy operator by pharmacy count, with about 970 pharmacies in its 1,110 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.


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