Publix Selling Drugs For Free?

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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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61 - 80 of 81 Comments Last updated Aug 23, 2007
Melissa

Fayetteville, GA

#66 Aug 7, 2007
I think this is absolutely wonderful. Today, consumers need as much help as they can get with healthcare.

Coming from someone that has a chronic health condition, I know what it would mean to me to be able to save money on presciption medicine.

It's nice to see that somebody out there is looking out for their patrons.
curious

Marietta, GA

#67 Aug 7, 2007
One question, how do you sell something for free?

Since: Jun 07

Georgia

#68 Aug 7, 2007
Concerned GA Citizen wrote:
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The government passed the largest increase in Entitlements in recent history during Bush's first term. It's called Medicare Part D. The elderly now get free prescription drugs paid for by the taxpayers.
Those elderly people were taxpayers one time too.

Good Lord I just love how we kick old people to the curb because of their age or because someone thinks they didn't save enough.
P R O

Milledgeville, GA

#69 Aug 7, 2007
I think this is a great idea, although $4.00 is not bad either. The only drawback I see possibly, is that this may cause the costs of other RX's to go up to offset the loss the drug companys say they might lose ffrom this. They only have one concern: making the drugs and making money, when in the real world, the concern ought to be focused on helping people not to have to choose between food or medicine, whether you are a child or an adult.

Since: Aug 07

Nashville, TN

#70 Aug 7, 2007
mamatotex wrote:
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I believe those "old" people have paid for this thru their working days taxes/social security. They aren't getting a free ride. I suggest you visit a nursing home and see how many seniors rely on this just to cover a small portion of their bills. I suggest you all hang out at local pharmacies and see how many "old" people are choosing between food or meds. Or those parents who work two jobs just to make ends meet and don't even have insurance. Those antibiotics can be over $50 w/o insurance.
Those old people have paved the way and have provided many of us with a better way of life today and you think just because of their age they shouldn't receive care? Sure would hate to be your mom or dad.
Publix is doing a good thing. For those who think it's not needed or is a scam you are way out there. It's not a scam. A scam is ripping someone off. They are helping.
my friend you are misinformed.

the taxes and social security paid by the baby boomers about to enter the entitlement program called medicare have been long spent by the federal government. the children of today are paying currently and will be gouged by the costs that are about to be incurred by the government funding healthcare for seniors.

nursing home patients that cannot afford to stay are on medicaid. most cultures outside the united states honor and take care of their elderly, not plant them in nursing homes which are despicable.

there are no seniors that have to choose between food or medicine. produce one.

the antibiotics given away by publix costs pennies each. great marketing scheme. not humanitarian based. ok for you to think so, just not so...

walmart charges $4 for the same drugs. oooo now walmart's evil

nobody said that seniors should not get care.

my parents are just fine and you would have known it if you had read previous posts to this threat.

i just advocate that the government should be out of healthcare. believe me now or believe me later, it just screws it up.

Since: Aug 07

Nashville, TN

#71 Aug 7, 2007
mamatotex wrote:
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Those elderly people were taxpayers one time too.
Good Lord I just love how we kick old people to the curb because of their age or because someone thinks they didn't save enough.
who is going to step up to the plate and stop the madness?
Liz

Ellijay, GA

#72 Aug 7, 2007
Suzy Michaels wrote:
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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.
That is the biggest sack of lies I have EVER seen.

I have had health insurance since 1989 when I started with PUBLIX. It has NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY ONCE. My husband works for Publix as a meat manager. He has a 401k, health insurance, disability insurance, accidental death insurance, given stock. He will retire a multi millionaire. They DO NOT reduce older workers pay. PERIOD! The only time anything like that MAY happen is if the employee goes PART TIME. THEN they will have lower pay because they work LOWER hours. ABUSES work practices? How so? If you are a minor you are NOT allowed to work a before a certain time nor after. IF that happens the store is FINED big money. Perhaps you should do some research because your post is FILLED with nothing but lies.
Chatty

Decatur, GA

#73 Aug 7, 2007
Gail wrote:
How can they sell something for free!
LOL. That's exactly what I thought when I read the headline. It's an oxymoron.

Since: Jun 07

Georgia

#74 Aug 7, 2007
Concerned GA Citizen wrote:
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my friend you are misinformed.
the taxes and social security paid by the baby boomers about to enter the entitlement program called medicare have been long spent by the federal government. the children of today are paying currently and will be gouged by the costs that are about to be incurred by the government funding healthcare for seniors.
nursing home patients that cannot afford to stay are on medicaid. most cultures outside the united states honor and take care of their elderly, not plant them in nursing homes which are despicable.
there are no seniors that have to choose between food or medicine. produce one.
the antibiotics given away by publix costs pennies each. great marketing scheme. not humanitarian based. ok for you to think so, just not so...
walmart charges $4 for the same drugs. oooo now walmart's evil
nobody said that seniors should not get care.
my parents are just fine and you would have known it if you had read previous posts to this threat.
i just advocate that the government should be out of healthcare. believe me now or believe me later, it just screws it up.
I can tell you my father is one who has had to choose between meds or food if we don't step in to help. We found out the hard way he had been choosing food instead of his blood pressure meds. Happy that I can produce one? I can produce more. The fact that the govt has spent that money should mean that those baby boomers should not get some of what they put in? If you're wondering my father is not one of those baby boomers. He is however in his 70s, a veteran of the korean war and has paid his share of taxes. He is not the only one. Just one small example among many.

I agree that family should take care of their elderly. At some point though the elderly are past a point of care that most family members can provide safely.
I don't have a problem if my taxes are going to help the elderly, the schools and such. I have a problem if they are affording some fat cat politician first class flights.

So let me ask you, a child that has a terminal illness should they receive care due to their life expectancy?

Since: Jun 07

Georgia

#75 Aug 7, 2007
i just advocate that the government should be out of healthcare. believe me now or believe me later, it just screws it up.

....I do agree to some extent. I do not want a "universal" health care by any means. But I do feel that those who need help financialy especially seniors should have a right to it. I don't think we should refuse care to someone who is 90 because we think they are too old. I can't believe you would honestly look your parents in the eye and tell them "sorry mom, no pacemaker for you even though you could live another five years". Thats a dangerous thing there. Where would it end....85, 80, 70...children, cancer patients????

And if stores want to help by either lowering the costs of medicine or providing free services than I think that is fantastic. I don't think anyone can fault them for providing this service.
I personally won't use it, though I think it's great for those who need it and there are many that do. I am not misinformed my friend. I am speaking from experience and dealing with people. I will pay at my pharmacy because they cross reference everything I ever get a script for and go above and beyond.
john m

Rockford, MI

#76 Aug 8, 2007
My first job was with Publix, very good company to work for in fact when I move back down there I will probably work there again.

Since: Aug 07

Atlanta

#77 Aug 8, 2007
x-insurance employee wrote:
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Hillary wants a socialized medical system. Which means, if the hospital runs out of money, it locks the doors until the new fiscal year starts. Do we really want all the hospitals locked up for months on end? That's what happens in Canada...
If America wants change, they need to elect the canidate who will take on the PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES and the INSURANCE COMPANIES. These are the one's making it IMPOSSIBLE to get reasonable health care.
The pharmaceutical companies want you to think you need this drug or that drug for whatever ails you (notice the increase in drug comercials in the last 5-10 years -- it's not education, it's propaganda). The insurance companies do not want you to go to the doctor, because then they have to pay. It's a cycle that is costing the American working poor/middle class/and elderly dearly.
The doctors have to raise their cost to cover mal-practice insurance premiums because America is lawsuit happy. Then the health insurance companies do not want to pay because they feel the doctors and pharmaceutical companies are charging too much...
I didn't name a particular candidate because there isn't one, democratic or republican, in the field with the guts to do it.
Valid point x.
The best thing we can do is be educated and think for ourselves, which seems to be a rarity in this world.

Since: Aug 07

Atlanta

#78 Aug 8, 2007
Angry Bob wrote:
Nothing to get angry about here
:)
Never_again

Marietta, GA

#79 Aug 8, 2007
I will never get a prescription filled at a Publix Pharmacy again. They dosed my 6-month old daughter's antibiotic wrong at FIVE TIMES the dose she was supposed to get. If I hadn't caught their error it could have killed her.

Since: Aug 07

United States

#80 Aug 8, 2007
mamatotex wrote:
i just advocate that the government should be out of healthcare. believe me now or believe me later, it just screws it up.
....I do agree to some extent. I do not want a "universal" health care by any means. But I do feel that those who need help financialy especially seniors should have a right to it. I don't think we should refuse care to someone who is 90 because we think they are too old. I can't believe you would honestly look your parents in the eye and tell them "sorry mom, no pacemaker for you even though you could live another five years". Thats a dangerous thing there. Where would it end....85, 80, 70...children, cancer patients????
And if stores want to help by either lowering the costs of medicine or providing free services than I think that is fantastic. I don't think anyone can fault them for providing this service.
I personally won't use it, though I think it's great for those who need it and there are many that do. I am not misinformed my friend. I am speaking from experience and dealing with people. I will pay at my pharmacy because they cross reference everything I ever get a script for and go above and beyond.
i continue to find it fascinating that people think they or others (the elderly, children, etc) have a RIGHT to healthcare. No one has a right to it. It's a priveledge. And it does cost. And Americans have to start taking responsibility for themselves and less dependence on the government.

Since: Aug 07

United States

#81 Aug 8, 2007
mamatotex wrote:
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I can tell you my father is one who has had to choose between meds or food if we don't step in to help. We found out the hard way he had been choosing food instead of his blood pressure meds. Happy that I can produce one? I can produce more. The fact that the govt has spent that money should mean that those baby boomers should not get some of what they put in? If you're wondering my father is not one of those baby boomers. He is however in his 70s, a veteran of the korean war and has paid his share of taxes. He is not the only one. Just one small example among many.
I agree that family should take care of their elderly. At some point though the elderly are past a point of care that most family members can provide safely.
I don't have a problem if my taxes are going to help the elderly, the schools and such. I have a problem if they are affording some fat cat politician first class flights.
So let me ask you, a child that has a terminal illness should they receive care due to their life expectancy?
i'm glad you stepped up and helped your father with his bills. i wish more people took care of their parents.

now that there has been a hugh medicare expansion, i bet his meds are paid for aren't they? so produce one like i asked.

yes, because the government has spent the money that has been put in for the baby boomers that are about to enter the entitlement program, it's obvious that the spending must decrease immediately for those that have the means.(the majority)

it's not a safety issue, it's a convience issue. nursing home is not safer than home with a privately paid sitter. it's worse.

politicians do fly on taxpayer money for official business. most of the trips are paid for by themselves or their campaigns. if you look at budget expenditures on travel, there is no comparison to money spent on travel vs entitlements.

my child has catastrophic coverage because i have bought an insurance policy. everyone should do so and the cost of the policy will go down!!

when the child goes to the doctor, i pay $60 cash to the doctor for the exam/visit.
Shenora

United States

#82 Aug 8, 2007
This is wonderful. I just fell in love with Publix...

Since: Jun 07

Georgia

#83 Aug 8, 2007
This was recent with my father. He was not aware of what was out there insurance/medicare wise and was "choosing"...so I would imagine there are other seniors that simply just don't know.
Now that we know, yes he has the coverage. Which is good. He does not have the means otherwise and I know he is not alone. While some people see him as "a fool who didnt do financial planning", not everyone from his generation did that. He was a typical bricklayer with a stay at home wife who only worked for the church raising four kids. Nothing extra at the end of the month to invest. Doesn't mean he should do w/o because of his age. We take care of so many other groups of people, foriegners, various ethnic groups, single moms (I am not complaining just pointing it out) so while you may think it is fascinating I think we have an obligation to take care of those seniors that put into the ss/medicare all their lives. At some point do we make a change? Sure, but at what point do we draw that line?

It's not necessarily a convenience for a nursing home. Hiring a "home sitter" is expensive and regular insurance cos only cover a small portion and not long term. Noone should judge anyone for having a family member in one, especially if you have never had a terminally ill parent or spouse.
So on some points I guess we have to agree to disagree. You have your opinion and I have mine from my own experiences.

Since: Aug 07

Fairburn, GA

#84 Aug 8, 2007
mamatotex wrote:
This was recent with my father. He was not aware of what was out there insurance/medicare wise and was "choosing"...so I would imagine there are other seniors that simply just don't know.
Now that we know, yes he has the coverage. Which is good. He does not have the means otherwise and I know he is not alone. While some people see him as "a fool who didnt do financial planning", not everyone from his generation did that. He was a typical bricklayer with a stay at home wife who only worked for the church raising four kids. Nothing extra at the end of the month to invest. Doesn't mean he should do w/o because of his age. We take care of so many other groups of people, foriegners, various ethnic groups, single moms (I am not complaining just pointing it out) so while you may think it is fascinating I think we have an obligation to take care of those seniors that put into the ss/medicare all their lives. At some point do we make a change? Sure, but at what point do we draw that line?
It's not necessarily a convenience for a nursing home. Hiring a "home sitter" is expensive and regular insurance cos only cover a small portion and not long term. Noone should judge anyone for having a family member in one, especially if you have never had a terminally ill parent or spouse.
So on some points I guess we have to agree to disagree. You have your opinion and I have mine from my own experiences.
i'm sorry you've had some tough experiences.

sociey must have the discussion and debate immediately about drawing the line.

the generation about to enter medicare is about to bankrupt it. i don't hear any of that generation speaking out about means testing for benefits. they have a responsibility to step up and change the system now or they leave it for their children suffer and the bill will be UNBELIEVABLE.

i know about sickness and terminal illness. i see patients everyday with both. my mother in law has terminal leukemia. she's at home.

the nursing home is a convienence. other cultures keep their elderly at home. because the government funds it, and some people don't take responsibility for their elders, they stick them in nursing homes here in the US.

the sitter can be a son, daughter, or grandchild.

did you hear Newt's comments about the nursing home today? it's cheaper to live on a cruise ship than live in the government funded and over-regulated nursing home.

he said the AARP’s website says that the average cost of nursing home care – which exists inside a broken, government regulated healthcare system – is $194 a day.

On the other hand, the average cost of 2-4 week Princess Cruise – which competes for your dollars against all the other cruise lines – is $155 a day, almost $40 cheaper.

If we had the same freedom to innovate and the same freedom to be effective, we would absolutely have a dramatically better system.

If the government was out of healthcare as payer and regulator, the costs would be affordable by all but the extremely poor. charity would take care of them.
Barbie

Arvada, CO

#85 Aug 20, 2007
While I think that is a good move for Publix, they are only offering it to compete with the other stores. That doesn't bother me, it is called business. Where I am bothered, is their statement that they "refuse to stand by and watch people choose between food and medicine". Those antibiotic drugs are not causing most people to choose each month. It is the heart disease meds, depression, blood pressure, alzheimers, cancer, etc. I didn't see any of those names on that list. I take 4 prescriptions a month & thank God I have COBRA coverage (very expensive also!) because my meds would be over $1300 each month without it! I would like Publix to give 1 of those away free!

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