Media Contact:              Lori Willis

                                    Director of Communications



Oct. 29, 2007


Schnucks Pharmacy Launches Free Prescription Antibiotics Program


            ST. LOUIS – The next time your prescription for oral antibiotics is filled at a Schnucks Pharmacy, chances are your medication won’t cost you a dime.  Schnucks Pharmacy today became the first in the region to offer customers the opportunity to receive up to a 21-day supply of any one of more than 54 generic, oral antibiotics at no charge. 


Schnucks Vice President of Pharmacy Michael Juergensmeyer admits it’s going to be a bit hard for some people to believe, but starting today, many different types of frequently prescribed antibiotics are now available free at Schnucks. 


“You don’t have to be a regular customer; there is no co-pay and no required purchase.  Schnucks will assume all costs,” Juergensmeyer said.  “The Schnucks free generic antibiotic program represents a significant investment in the communities we serve.  This will go a long way toward easing the burden on families and on the healthcare system in general.” 


The list of free generic oral antibiotics available at Schnucks currently includes Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Penicillin and Trimeth/sulfa.  These antibiotics were selected from a list of families of drugs most often prescribed to children and adults.  Pharmacists have increased inventories and are ready to fill all valid prescriptions.


This list of free antibiotics may change from time to time, but Juergensmeyer emphasizes, “Schnucks is fully committed to this program and eventually we hope to expand the list to include an even greater number of medications.”




Schnucks Pharmacy Launches Free Prescription Antibiotics Program – add one


            Juergensmeyer says Schnucks Pharmacists are working now to make contact with area doctors and hospitals to make sure that they are aware of the program and are able to recommend it to their patients.


            Schnucks has long been committed to finding ways to make healthcare and medicines more accessible to customers both in terms of convenient locations and cost.  Accessibility, doctors say, is critical to consistent and comprehensive family healthcare. 


In the 1970’s Schnucks was a pioneer in the combination food and drugstore grocery business.  Last October, Schnucks announced its partnership with instaClinic, a family-owned retail clinic operation that now includes facilities at the Alton, Butler Hill and Lindell Schnucks stores.  Recently, principals at instaClinics announced that in addition to providing affordable healthcare to those without insurance, the in-store clinics are now accepting all medical insurance.


Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 102 stores (including five Logli stores) and 99 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.


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