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    Weis Markets Expands Low-Cost Prescription Plan

    Ninety-day, $9.99 script plan expands retailer’s program to over 400 meds.

    Weis Markets has added 50 generic prescription drugs and antibiotics to its 90-Day, $9.99 prescription plan, expanding the program's overall total to over 400 medications.

    The program was rolled out chainwide in October and is currently available in all of the Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets’ 119 in-store pharmacies.

    "With the tough economy, increasing unemployment rates and record low consumer confidence, our challenge is to offer our customers long-term savings to complement our weekly promotions," said David Hepfinger, Weis Markets' president and CEO. "In January, we introduced our 90-day Price Freeze program, which freezes the prices of 2,400 staple items through April 1 and now we're expanding our 90-Day, $9.99 Generic Prescription plan to give our customers more choices and to help them save money on their prescriptions.”

    Calling the savings from the plan “substantial,” Hepfinger said the chain’s generic prescription plan helped its customers and their prescription benefit plans save more than $2 million in 2008, with more savings in store for 2009.

    "Our 90 Day, $9.99 generic prescription plan offers our customers competitive prices which are quite often lower than their mail-order co-pay in a full-service pharmacy that also offers medication management and counseling services," said Hepfinger. "Ultimately, our plan offers both savings and service along with increased choices, which are increasingly important to many of our customers."

    New additions to the 90-day, $9.99 plan include generic drugs and antibiotics used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, ulcers, sinus infections and strep throat. The plan continues to include generic drugs and antibiotics used to treat allergies, asthma, arthritis, cholesterol, diabetes, infections and digestive ailments and the new generic drug Altace, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

    The regional retailer currently operates 154 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia, and also owns and operates SuperPetz, a pet supply superstore chain with 27 locations in nine states.

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