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United Supermarkets, LLC banner Market Street this week introduced the "Free to Feel Better" program in its Dallas-Fort Worth-area stores. Under the program, the participating stores' pharmacies will fill prescriptions for prenatal vitamins and antibiotics at no charge. Market Street is the only north Texas grocer to offer the program, according to United.
"In addition to our value-priced groceries, the Free to Feel Better program highlights that Market Street's Living Well ExpressCare clinics and pharmacies offer tremendous ways to stretch the dollar, too," noted United business director of pharmacy Tim Purser.
The program covers a year's worth of three of the most commonly prescribed prenatal formulas: NataTab Rx, NatalCare Plus and Advanced NatalCare. After filling a customer's initial prescription at no charge, Market Street will provide free refills for 11 more months.
Free to Feel Better also includes 60 of the most prescribed generic antibiotics, among them varieties of amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloaxin, doxycycline, erythromycin, and penicillin. With a valid prescription, Market Street customers can get up to a 14-day supply of general oral antibiotics in liquid, capsule or tablet form, with no limit to the number of 14-day covered prescriptions that can be filled free.
Additionally, Market Street doesn't require customers to transfer other prescriptions over to its pharmacy to take advantage of the program.
"This program is a great opportunity for Market Street guests to experience all of the wonderful services our in-store Living Well ExpressCare clinics and pharmacies provide," said Purser. "Our certified nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and pharmacists are eager to answer questions about vitamins, supplements, diabetic supplies and over-the-counter medications. They help fill prescriptions quickly and accurately while the guest shops. It's another unique shopping and health care experience you won't find anywhere else."
The Market Street concept combines everyday groceries with specialty items, whole-health/gourmet products and prepared foods. There are currently five DFW stores in Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Colleyville and Coppell-Lewisville, Texas, with a Plano location scheduled to open in April.
Other grocers offering their own free-antibiotic programs include Ahold USA banners Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle, Wegmans and Meijer.
Family-owned United has stores in 29 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters and distribution center in Lubbock, United operates 49 stores under three separate formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.