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5 Grocery Store Chains That Offer Free Prescription Drugs


5 Grocery Store Chains That Offer Free Prescription Drugs

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What’s the best way to save money on medications? Get them for free, of course.

It’s easier than you might think, at least for certain meds.

Some grocery store chains offer free prescription drug programs. Through these programs, you can get commonly used generic drugs — like antibiotics and maintenance medications for chronic conditions — for $0.

You generally need only a doctor’s prescription to qualify for and obtain these drugs for free.

Granted, the freebie may be a lure designed to get you to buy other things at the supermarket while picking up your free meds. Or, it might be an attempt to get you to transfer other not-free medications you take to the supermarket pharmacy. But there is no real catch here.

See for yourself: Below we’ve listed eight grocery store chains with free prescription drug programs, along with the meds they offer for free.

If your favorite store or a medication you take is not listed, you may still be able to get the drug for free if you do a little homework. The Harvard Health Blog, published by Harvard Medical School, suggests:

“Ask your pharmacist if a drug you’re taking might be available in a free generic version, and ask your doctor if it’s possible to switch to it.”

If you belong to a warehouse club, you may also be able to get free medications through it. For example, if you have a Sam’s Plus membership at Sam’s Club, you are eligible for extra discounts on certain prescription drugs — including five you can get for free.

Grocery stores offering free prescription drugs

1. Meijer

  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain prenatal vitamins
  • Metformin immediate release
  • Atorvastatin calcium

2. Price Chopper

  • Certain diabetes medications

3. Publix

  • Certain antibiotics
  • Amlodipine
  • Lisinopril
  • Metformin
  • Montelukast

4. Reasor’s Foods

  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain prenatal vitamins
  • Certain children’s vitamins

5. ShopRite

  • Certain diabetes medications

For more ways to keep a lid on your medication costs, check out “2 Free Websites and Apps That Can Slash Your Prescription Drug Costs.”

Do you know of other chains with pharmacies that offer free prescriptions? Let us know below or on Facebook.

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