Monday, August 06, 2007

Governor Celebrates Free Drugs

CAPE CORAL, FL. -- Governor Charlie Crist today applauded Publix Supermarkets for launching a free prescription drug program. Secretary Andrew Agwunobi, of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and Charlie Jenkins Jr., chief executive officer of Publix Supermarkets, joined Governor Crist for the announcement at the Midpoint Center Publix in Cape Coral.

Seven popular antibiotics will be available at no charge for people with valid prescriptions. The free antibiotics are available to customers regardless of their heath care coverage and are provided in up to two-week supplies. Publix estimates that the antibiotics account for almost 50 percent of generic, pediatric prescriptions filled at the supermarkets’ pharmacies.

The prescription antibiotics available under the program include:

· Amoxicillin
· Cephalexin
· Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP)
· Ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR)
· Penicillin VK
· Ampicillin
· Erythromycin (excluding Ery-Tab)

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