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    Publix Offers Free Amlodipine

    Latest enhancement to Rx program

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information

    Publix Pharmacy has begun offering free 30-day supplies (up to 60 tablets of 2.5 milligrams and 5 milligrams, or up to 30 tablets of 10 milligrams) of amlodipine, a calcium-channel blocker commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain), to customers with a prescription for the medication. Amlodipine combination products are excluded from the offer.

    "The health and wellness of our customers is important to us at the Publix Pharmacy," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at the Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer. "With health care and prescription costs continuing to rise, medication adherence may prove challenging. We continue to enhance our free prescription programs and pharmacy services to allow our customers to focus on staying healthy and achieving their overall wellness goals."

    According to Publix, it's the first retailer in the Southeast to offer amlodipine at no cost.

    Other free medications offered by Publix Pharmacy are Lisinopril (an ACE inhibitor used to prevent, treat or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, some heart conditions, diabetes and some chronic kidney conditions) and Metformin, as part of the company's Diabetes Management System, in addition to no-cost 14-day supplies of the generic oral antibiotics amoxicillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin (excluding Ciprofloxacin XR), penicillin VK, and sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP).

    Privately owned and operated by its 167,000 employees, Publix has 1,077 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information
    • About Bridget Goldschmidt In addition to serving as Progressive Grocer’s Managing Editor, Bridget writes many print and digital features encompassing a range of grocery and fresh categories across the store. Bridget also enjoys on-site reporting assignments at such key industry events as the New York Fancy Food Show and the International Boston Seafood Show, in addition to visiting stores for PG’s prestigious Store of the Month feature. In her years with the magazine, she has developed into a knowledgeable voice on grocery industry trends, sought by such distinguished publications as The New York Times.

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