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#163198 - 01/15/09 01:21 AM Free Antibiotics
Jesselp Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 262
Loc: New York
Hi folks,

I don't want to redebate the whether stocking antibiotics in your first aid kit is a good idea, but for those of you who would like to but are put off by the cost, this may be of interest:

Stop and Shop offers free antibiotics

You still need a perscription, but the price sure is right for something you may or may not wind up using.

Hope this is helpful to someone out there!
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#163207 - 01/15/09 02:39 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Jesselp]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Is it just me, or does this sound rather stupid?

These are to be self-administered, based on perceived need by people who don't know diddly squat?

What we DON'T need is more antibiotics to use as a remedy for the common cold, which doesn't respond to antibiotics, anyway. Nor do we need more antibiotics so we become more resistant to them when we need them.


#163208 - 01/15/09 02:45 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Susan]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
The site looks to be a referral system or some type of 3rd party network not a direct company ? Hmmmm
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#163210 - 01/15/09 02:54 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Todd W]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
They appear to be a chain of drugstores, and it says only that they are filling 14 day prescriptions for free.
Most antibiotics are pretty inexpensive, so it would make a good loss leader for them.
Once you go to their store they expect you to buy more stuff.
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#163220 - 01/15/09 04:17 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Jesselp]
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
I think it's a case of following suit.

In this area (Northern Virginia) I've seen signs at Wegman's, Giant, Safeway, and if I'm not mistaken Wal-Mart offering the same free 14 days worth of antibiotics at their Pharmacies.

When Wal-Mart started their $4.00 prescriptions, most of the other store pharmacies followed to keep up. I think that might be what is happening here.

I'm not a fan of some of Wal-Mart's practices, but the one subscription that used to cost me $90.00 a month now only costs me $4.00 and that was forced on the local store because of Wally.
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#163231 - 01/15/09 05:25 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Susan]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2807
Loc: La-USA
"suspicious" is the word that comes to my mind.
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#163234 - 01/15/09 06:19 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: wildman800]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
If I had American style health care that pays for nothing I would likely consider this to be a good deal.
But I am a Canadian and this stuff is dirt cheap to us.
So cheap that we do not even think about using veterinarian antibiotics from the feed store.
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#163246 - 01/15/09 11:01 AM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Jesselp]
Stu Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Looks like a plan to "Get you in the Door" so you can buy other items from the store. "Loss Leader " marketing. But would I want a store full of sick people??
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#163253 - 01/15/09 01:12 PM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Stu]
Jesselp Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 262
Loc: New York

Stop and Shop is a well known and respected chain of supermarkets (at least in the northeast).

They are not just giving out drugs - you still need a perscription from your doctor, just like any pharmacy.

I know that Walmart is doing this for $4, but free is less than $4, so I thought it might be useful to someone.

Just because the business rationale is that of a "loss leader" to get you in the store, doesn't mean you shouldn't take advantage of it. You are under no obligation to buy anything else.

Am I missing something?

#163257 - 01/15/09 01:36 PM Re: Free Antibiotics [Re: Jesselp]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
The only thing you are missing is that it is probably their time of the month and they are all a bit cranky.
They are likely still nursing their Xmas Season credit card hangovers, it is about the time they would see the bills coming in the mail.

If I needed a prescription for antibiotics filled and lived close to one of the Stop and Shop stores I would likely get it filled there.
One drug store is pretty much like another one.
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