Publix Selling Drugs For Free?

Publix Selling Drugs For Free?

There are 81 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Aug 6, 2007, titled Publix Selling Drugs For Free?. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

Wal-Mart sent a shock through the health-care industry when it began offering discount prescription drugs for as little as $4. Publix is now going $4 better than that, by offering free antibiotics to anyone ...

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elaine lancaster

Hollywood, FL

#1 Aug 6, 2007
I think it is wonderful for US companies to step up & help out people who otherwise my not be able to afford medicines. It just shows clearly the pharmaceutical companies could cut cost but would rather continue sticking it to the American people. I hope the American voting public wakes up and understand that they are the people with the power for change. Get out and vote for canidates who have your intrest as a priority. I am voting for real change in our country, Hillary Clinton who has always wanted affordable health care in this country. Let's give her the power to enact change.
Gayle

Perry, GA

#2 Aug 6, 2007
I want to thank Publix for there caring act.I think they deserve a great recognition for that service....You don't get that from Ingles, Ingles pharmacy will lie to you,and show no signs of service at all to their customers. They act like they want your money for doing nothing..
Queen B

Duluth, GA

#3 Aug 7, 2007
Kudos to Publix. I have always had a very high opinion of this grocery chain.
Suzy Michaels

United States

#4 Aug 7, 2007
Queen B wrote:
Kudos to Publix. I have always had a very high opinion of this grocery chain.
Perhaps you should do more research. This company who offers public free medicine denies employees health benefits, reduces aged company veterans salaries, and abuses work practices. They are big on image, but poor on employee relations.
June

Louisville, KY

#5 Aug 7, 2007
Publix has always overpriced their groceries... thats why they can afford to do this. I will take advantage of it if my children get sick but I still don't shop there.
LOL

Athens, GA

#6 Aug 7, 2007
Suzy the disgruntle Publix ex-employee, research will show all of these chained companies treat their employees like manure but, the pharmacy being funded differently from the store,(ex. when you purchase from pharmacy you dont take it to the register) speaks for itself. so is the glass half-full/half-empty?
Becky

United States

#7 Aug 7, 2007
Publix is not where I live. I wish we had one. It would give Kroger a run for their money. If Publix came to town I think we would actually get lower prices out of the other stores because they will compete. All we have is Wal-mart and $4 is not bad. I think I would not mind our medicenes being $4 especially because most people do not have have insurance. If people are going to make comments on working conditions, pick on every grocery store. Kroger is expensive.

Since: Jul 07

Austell, GA

#8 Aug 7, 2007
Excellent move by Publix! I'm sure it will bring some new customers through the door and that's what it's all about. Also, people who need antibiotics often need juices and a few other things. That may not offset the cost of the antibiotics but the real object is to get potential new customers in the store.

The Publix chain is the most expensive I know of so I only frequent their deli and produce area and don't see that changing.

When the first one opened up close to me I have to admit shopping there on an almost daily basis when the union protesters were in front with their signs. Their non union status is the reason I use their deli instead of Krogers.. Like someone said above, we all have choices to make.
Gail

Lilburn, GA

#9 Aug 7, 2007
How can they sell something for free!
Concerned Ga Citizen

Brentwood, TN

#10 Aug 7, 2007
elaine lancaster wrote:
I think it is wonderful for US companies to step up & help out people who otherwise my not be able to afford medicines. It just shows clearly the pharmaceutical companies could cut cost but would rather continue sticking it to the American people. I hope the American voting public wakes up and understand that they are the people with the power for change. Get out and vote for canidates who have your intrest as a priority. I am voting for real change in our country, Hillary Clinton who has always wanted affordable health care in this country. Let's give her the power to enact change.
Hiliary wants to take money from large companies. do you think a company will be able to do a marketing campaign like this if Hiliary takes all their profit away? The money that Hiliary takes for the government will be paid by HIGHER prices paid by you at the register.

Hiliary Clinton does not have your interests in mind. She only has her own interests in mind to get elected. She has already said what she wants to do with healtcare and that is CONTROL it by the government. Do you think that will lower the cost or increase the quality? Look at the other countries with socialized medicine. Those citizens flock to the United States to get state of the art care. There is no american citizen going to a socialized medicine country to get better care....

Since: Jun 07

Georgia

#11 Aug 7, 2007
I don't know where you get your information from. Publix treats their employees very well! Great benefits, 401k and such. The pharmacy money still goes to the store. And yes you can pay for it at the register. You just have to leave the script at the pharmacy counter. Once you pay for it, the clerk will run and get it for you.

Kudos to Publix.
Kim

United States

#12 Aug 7, 2007
Wow, go Publix that is awesome! There are too many people out there who either go without food or their much needed medication just to survive. The extra $10 can buy a lot of food!
Lyn

Carrollton, GA

#13 Aug 7, 2007
There is good and bad in all companies, and yes Publix is a bit pricey on their groceries, they attribute their high prices to their freshness code. You just have to know how to shop in these stores to come out on top. But this is a good thing for them to start doing because antiobiotics really can be expensive sometimes and then its hard to have to pay a doctor's bill and then have to find a way to get your medication too. And yes, medication is DEFINITELY overpriced, its like they only want the rich or well to do be able to have medicine. So this is a worth while move!!!

Since: Aug 07

United States

#14 Aug 7, 2007
June wrote:
Publix has always overpriced their groceries... thats why they can afford to do this. I will take advantage of it if my children get sick but I still don't shop there.
so you want something for nothing? that's the problem with some in society today. nothing is for free. someone must pay. if everyone had your attitude, there would be no help for the needy.
kcl

Marietta, GA

#15 Aug 7, 2007
Every little bit helps. Thanks Publix!!
Great

Chester, GA

#16 Aug 7, 2007
This will benefit thousands who do not have medical insurance and cannot afford even the co-pay to buy these antibotics.
Great

Chester, GA

#17 Aug 7, 2007
Gail wrote:
How can they sell something for free!
It's called kickbacks. You can rest assured Publix will get more customers and probably perks by doing this.
angleafamily

Miramar Beach, FL

#18 Aug 7, 2007
I really don't think that people are having to choose between buying antibiotics or food. Those medicines generally are $4.00 at Walmart. Big deal Publix! The medicines that are the problem are cancer drugs, antidepressants etc. If they paid to go to a doctor and got a script than they can afford the $4.00 antibiotic. Let's see them drop the prices on the big money drugs.
Mandy not from Conyers

Miami, FL

#19 Aug 7, 2007
Concerned Ga Citizen wrote:
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Hiliary wants to take money from large companies. do you think a company will be able to do a marketing campaign like this if Hiliary takes all their profit away? The money that Hiliary takes for the government will be paid by HIGHER prices paid by you at the register.
Hiliary Clinton does not have your interests in mind. She only has her own interests in mind to get elected. She has already said what she wants to do with healtcare and that is CONTROL it by the government. Do you think that will lower the cost or increase the quality? Look at the other countries with socialized medicine. Those citizens flock to the United States to get state of the art care. There is no american citizen going to a socialized medicine country to get better care....
There is no way in he** I would trust the government to keep me healthy! I agree with Concerned, take a closer look at the countries that have a government funded health plan, I don't know if it would be cheaper, but when is cheaper EVER better?
Mandy not from Conyers

Miami, FL

#20 Aug 7, 2007
Or covington, damnit!:)

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