Meijer has a program through their pharmacy that offers certain antibiotic medications for free. Today I got 2 antibiotic prescriptions for FREE - no insurance required. No questions asked about my income, insurance, etc - just free antibiotics. I dont know what all they cover or dont, but if you have a prescription calling in to see if its free through them cant hurt. Obviously this is a great program if you are on a tight budget or dont have insurance and are in need.
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I believe that Kroger and WalMart pharmacies have certain antibiotics that are free (with prescription) as well.
You can print a list from the pharmacy website, which can be helpful before going to a doctor visit. (If the doctor could choose between 2 antibiotics for your issue, it couldn't hurt to know in advance if one of those choices was on the "free" list.)
Here's the info from Meijer (apparently certain pre-natal vitamins are free too):
I may have been mistaken on the Kroger antibiotics being free (thought I saw that somewhere before?). However, they do have a list of generic meds that can be filled for $4 for a 30 day supply/$10 for a 90 day supply. That could also be a good cost saving measure for many people. Here's the link to that info:
(The Kroger list includes many different types of meds, not just antibiotics.)
WalMart's program is also a $4 generic prescription program:
D'oh...I know why I was confused on the Kroger. Its Giant Eagle that also has a free antibiotic program:
(Sorry for the multiple responses...I keep remembering something else after I hit post. Must be having an off day.)
Good deal, especially for expectant mothers and pre-natal vitamins.
I end up going to Wal-Mart and just shelling out a few bucks for prescriptions. I travel pretty frequently and for the one prescription I have (eye medication), it's nice to know that I can access an emergency supply pretty much anywhere in the United States. And usually cheaper than Walgreens, CVS, or other pharms with a nationwide reach.
But if I need a short supply of antibiotics for an illness, hey why not go where it's free. But know that most of those freebies are produced from pharma companies in China. How comfortable you are with that is up to you.
A lot of folks are out of work, or in an odd position in their lives...medication on the cheap is so important, certainly with the flu season looming.
Reminds me - various places are now offering flu shots.
There was a man who died in Cincinnati this past month due to a problem with his tooth.
He didn't fill the prescription for the antibiotic, because he thought he wouldn't be able to afford it. Makes you wonder if there were options on the free or even the $4 prescription list that would have worked for him. Perhaps he'd still be alive if he'd been aware of those programs or asked for assistance?
(The man was Bootsy Collins's nephew - if you do a google search, you can probably find the article.)
As someone who has essentially no insurance this sounds great.
To bad it cost me at least $150 to go to a doc for a basic thing just to get a free med, but better than nothing :)
There should be an OTC antibiotic for simple things like ear or sinus infection.
Coffee, then we would have resistant strains of all kinds of bacteria start showing up and be in more trouble than we already are! MRSA is becoming endemic in the US and in some cities it's the only form of SA there is! Imagine if everyone took atbs for every ear pain (usually just a fluid build up) or sinus pain (usually an allergy) they had! Sorry, but I want to keep E Coli on the susceptible list as long as possbile! :)