Not feeling well? Meijer offers certain free antibiotics to anyone with a prescription. (Thanks, Ryan!)

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  1. TechnoDestructo says:

    Are doctors still handing out antibiotic prescriptions like candy?

  2. FatLynn says:

    Brilliant marketing. Brilliant.

  3. Abusiveelusive says:

    Well that is nice of them.

  4. Abusiveelusive says:

    [www.meijer.com]

    Apparently its from October 2006.

  5. Meg Marco says:

    @FatLynn: Those of us who had chronic tonsillitis as kids will appreciate it, though.

  6. Mike_ says:

    Amoxicillin

    Cephalexin

    SMZ-TMP

    Ciprofloxacin

    Ampicillin

    Penicillin VK

    Erythromycin

    14-day supply at normal oral dosages only.

    According to this page (under ‘pharmacy’ in pull-down menu), the average retail price for Amoxicillin 500mg (qty 30) is $13.90. Not sure what Meijer’s cost is, but they probably have some sort of promotional deal worked out with a supplier.

    The last two times I was prescribed antibiotics, I also got pain killers, which aren’t free. To Meijer, it’s worth the $4 (or whatever their cost is) to get you in the door. You’ll probably come back again when you need something else.

    They’ve been doing this for awhile now. The local news did a story on it when they announced it.

  7. ndavies says:

    Is no one concerned about breeding hyper-resistant super-bacteria?

  8. FLConsumer says:

    Great, we have doctors handing out antibiotics when they’re totally unnecessary, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacterial infections are at an all-time high, now we have a chain store giving away antibiotics. Just what we need.

  9. Mike_ says:

    So neither of you use antibacterial hand soap then?

    … just sayin’.

  10. leadhyena says:

    I guess it’s important to note that it’s only certain antibiotics. The hyper resistant strains start from a strain that is probably already resistant to Amoxicillin. I would be more concerned with dosage: doctors prescribe the correct dosage for someone with a certain body mass and condition of illness. What happens when someone takes not enough of an antibiotic (making it useless) or takes it sporadically (relating to hyper-resistant strains again) or worse, takes too much of it??? Can Meijer handle the liability?

  11. Jim says:

    @FLConsumer: Right on, plus you have to show your ID and live in the same county as the store to buy a Claritin so you don’t look like a… uh… meth addict… when you go outside.

  12. dextrone says:

    Wow, now *doctor* pass out anti-biotics that quickly, USUALLY, the patient asks for it excessively. Although, if the doctors are just lazy enough to not explain the situations, {because anti-b” usually aren’t harmful} then those are bad or tired doctors, oh well, all standards are degrading, so I’m not surprised.

    NOTE: The older the doctor, the better {most of the time}.