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Schnuck to give away generic antibiotics.

ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets Inc. has announced a free prescription drug program for generic oral antibiotics.

The promotion, which will be offered in all of its pharmacies across seven states, covers seven classes of drugs: amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, erythromycin, penicillin and trimeth/sulfa. Customers can receive up to a 21-day supply on any one of 54 generic oral antibiotics at no charge; refills are covered under the plan as well.

"This is all part of a strategy to bring better value to our customers," says Scott Schnuck, president and chief executive officer of Schnucks. "We have been looking for something in pharmacy to really address the importance of that part of our business."

As noted in an article in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the list of drugs covered under the promotion accounts for about one-third of Schnucks' total antibiotic dispensing. Bob Mueller, Schnucks' director of pharmacy, acknowledged that the promotion represented a "significant investment" for the chain, which was made possible by greater efficiencies in other areas, including transportation and warehousing.

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Date:Nov 12, 2007
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