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    Giant Eagle Offers Free Antibiotics

    Giant Eagle, Inc. yesterday began making 10 broadly used generic prescription antibiotics in 46 common dosages free at all of its 210 in-store pharmacies. Company officials said the wellness program is expected to save consumers $4.6 million annually.

    Giant Eagle, Inc. yesterday began making 10 broadly used generic prescription antibiotics in 46 common dosages free at all of its 210 in-store pharmacies. Company officials said the wellness program is expected to save consumers $4.6 million annually.

    “The Giant Eagle Pharmacy is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities, especially during the back-to-school season when children and families begin to move indoors and become more susceptible to bacteria-related illness,” said Giant Eagle VP of pharmacy Randy Heiser.

    The program is an extension of Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle’s ongoing price reduction efforts and builds upon the company’s successful $4 generic prescription medication program that delivers an additional $64 million in annual customer savings.

    The prescription antibiotics available under the program with a valid prescription are Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Bacitracin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline Hyclate, Erythromycin, Penicillin, Tetracycline and Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim.

    Common infections that these free antibiotics treat range from strep throat, ear infections and conjunctivitis to bladder infections, pneumonia, acne, urinary tract and skin infections. Some of the antibiotics are also used as a means to prevent infections caused by certain dental procedures.

    While antibiotics aren’t effective on viruses like common colds or the flu, Giant Eagle is simultaneously plugging its full range of national and TopCare brands that can help alleviate the symptoms of those conditions in adults.

    “With so many families experiencing some level of economic hardship, medical professionals worry that prescriptions go unfilled because patients simply can’t afford them,” noted Heiser. “As consumers navigate challenging times, we are continuing to support them through our price reduction efforts that have lowered prices on thousands of offerings throughout our store.”

    Giant Eagle operates 160 corporate and 60 independently owned and operated supermarkets, in addition to 153 fuel and convenience stores, throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

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