Publix supermarkets are now doling out free doses
of the seven antibiotics most commonly filled at its pharmacies. Sure, it's an obvious ploy to get you to buy some of their wares in the process (i.e. fill other, more expensive prescriptions). And it won't exactly help the uninsured foot the bill for the doctor's visit to get
But the chain says it's making a move to promote the "total health and wellness" of its customers. Still, Publix flacks have been pretty forthcoming about the retailer's attempt to bolster its pharmacy business.
The freebies are limited to antibiotics that are already quite inexpensive (amoxicillin, cephalexin, penicillin VK, erythromycin, ampicillin, ciprofoxacin and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim). But if you've got your prescription in hand, you can get as much as a 14-day supply of the meds for zilch—and the store isn't limiting the number of prescriptions you can get filled for free.