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ShopRite Offering Free Diabetes Medications

June 09, 2010 By: Nadia Category: Free Prescriptions, HealthCare, Medicine Advice, Medtipster, Prescription News, Prescription Savings

www.Medtipster.com Source: www.progressivegrocer.com – 5.8.2010

This past weekend, ShopRite began providing free diabetes medications and education to customers – with or without insurance at store pharmacies across Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

“ShopRite has always had a commitment to consumer education, helping our customers understand their food choices, so they can eat right and stay healthy,” said Karen Meleta, spokeswoman at Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp., the retail co-op whose 46 members operates stores under the ShopRite banner. “Our pharmacies offer information on medical conditions, and our dietitians are an invaluable service — providing food and nutrition counseling. These are just a few of the unique services that make ShopRite the go-to place for our customers.”

To take part in the program, customers must have a valid prescription from their doctor. There’s no membership or other commitment required. Seven drugs, in varying strengths, will be offered in the program, and the free medications will be available in 30-day supplies, based on common dosing.

Additionally, ShopRite Pharmacies are educating customers about living with diabetes, including tips on healthy meal planning. Select ShopRite stores with on-site dietitians can provide one-on-one consultations offering advice on how to shop the store to find the best options for a diabetic diet and prepare meals for people with diabetes.

Shoppers can also find information about living with diabetes in the “Health and Wellness” section of ShopRite.com or by sending a question to ShopRite’s corporate dietitian, Natalie Menza, through the “Ask the Dietitian” feature on ShopRite.com.

As well as the free diabetes medications, ShopRite has expanded its already existing 90-day generic drug program by offering a 30-day supply of generic medications for $3.99. The $9.99 (90-day) generic drug program provides customers further savings on more than 375 commonly prescribed generic drugs used to treat a range of medical conditions, including allergies and asthma, arthritis pain, and elevated cholesterol.

“At ShopRite, our goal is to provide the best service and every day low prices,” added Meleta. “When you combine our new free diabetes medication program … with our 30-day/$3.99 and 90-day/$9.99 generic drug programs, we provide our customers with a comprehensive solution for meeting their prescription needs.”

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., whose members operate over 200 ShopRite supermarkets throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

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Price Chopper pharmacies are giving away diabetes drugs

May 21, 2010 By: Nadia Category: Free Prescriptions, HealthCare, Medicine Advice, Medtipster, Prescription News, Prescription Savings

www.Medtipster.com source: www.timesunion.com – Cathleen F. Crowley, 5.19.2010

First, pharmacies slashed the cost of generic drugs. Then grocery stores such as Stop & Shop and Wegmans shot back with free antibiotics. Now Price Chopper is offering free drugs to people living with diabetes.
Competition for customers is fierce in the world of retail pharmacy, which is up against mail-order powerhouses.Price Chopper is the first grocery store pharmacy to provide free diabetic medications in the Northeast, according to Golub Corp., Price Chopper’s owner. Florida-based Publix Super Markets has a similar program.

“It’s a pretty business-savvy move,” said Craig Burridge, executive director of Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. “When you are dealing with a disease state that has other products that are not drug-related, you can make some money off of it.”

Price Chopper launched the program this week. Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services for the Schenectady-based supermarket chain, said it will build customer loyalty and address a major health problem in the community.

“From a business standpoint, Price Chopper’s interest is in establishing and solidifying a stronger relationship with our customers and becoming more of a comprehensive resource to consumers,” Golub said. “From a health perspective, the new Diabetes AdvantEdge program offers a comprehensive menu of resources and tools to those who are managing diabetes.”

Price Chopper, which has 70 pharmacies in six states, has already tailored programs for people with celiac disease by stocking more gluten-free products and providing gluten-free cooking classes. Golub said the store will continue to target niche groups.

For its diabetes program, Price Chopper will provide metformin, glipizide and glyburide free of charge to customers who have a doctor’s prescription for the drugs. The oral pills are generic drugs for controlling Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and are among the most commonly prescribed medications to diabetes patients. They are also relatively inexpensive.

Burridge said customers who use the program are likely to move all of their prescriptions to the grocery store’s pharmacy and buy accessories, such as blood testing supplies for controlling the disease, there also.

Consumers should review the cost of filling all their scripts before making a decision, said Burridge, who says consumers use one pharmacy for all their prescriptions.

“You don’t buy a car because you get free floor mats,” he said.

Price Chopper also will offer free one-on-one consultations with pharmacists and nutrition education for diabetic patients. Unlike a standalone pharmacy, the supermarket pharmacy has the advantage of offering a full range of products that diabetic patients need: sugar substitutes and low-calorie foods in addition to the blood testing supplies.

Golub said, “We will continue to look to connect meaningfully with groups of consumers that have unique needs that we can serve.”

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