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As part of its new Women’s Wellness initiative, St. Louis-based grocery chain Schnuck Markets Inc. will offer four oral breast cancer medications through its pharmacies for $9 with a valid prescription.
Schnucks claims to be the first pharmacy to target the breast cancer category for discount with its deal covering Letrozole, Megestrol, Anastrozole and Tamoxifen. Schnucks VP of Pharmacy Mike Juergensmeyer said the new programs allow the grocer to take its free generic antibiotic and prenatal programs one step further.
“Our pharmacy buyers worked hard to be able to bring these medications to our customers at the lowest prices possible,” Juergensmeyer said. “Schnuck pharmacists are critical members of each patient’s healthcare team. Offering significant discounts on four highly-prescribed prescription drugs, allows us to make an even greater difference in the lives of women battling breast cancer.”
Grocer Involved in Women's Health Programs
Schnucks has been a valued corporate partner for efforts to fight breat cancer, according to Helen Chesnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen St. Louis. "Every day, Komen St. Louis is focused on meeting the breast health needs of the women and families most at risk and most in need right here in our community," she said. "We appreciate Schnucks’ commitment to women’s health.”
Schnucks has partnered with Komen St. Louis for more than 15 years to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and local breast health programs.
“The more we speak to our teams about nourishing people’s lives, the more we find ways to make a difference," said Schnucks President and CEO Todd Schnuck. "We all know of women battling breast cancer; they are our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. It’s important that each of them understands she is not in the fight alone. We are excited about what this new discount program will mean for women’s health.”
Juergensmeyer said the selected $9 medicines are breast cancer specific (although sometimes used on other cancers) and approved by most insurance plans. The new low price of the drugs will extend the time it takes for the patient to hit the point in their insurance coverage where they pay out of pocket.
Schnuck noted that of the grocer's nearly 15,000 associates across the St. Louis-based grocer, 49 percent are women. “Increasing the survival rate and finding a cure takes a team to work along with physicians to help achieve great results for patients," he said. "We believe that this new discount program combined with pharmacy and nutrition counseling and infusion therapy makes Schnucks a vital part of every woman’s health team."
Other money-saving programs at Schnucks include free generic oral antibiotics, free prescription prenatal vitamins, $2 oral diabetes medications, and $4 30-day and $10 90-day generic prescriptions.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, family-owned Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 98 stores and 93 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.