Publix pharmacies now offer for free three prescription strengths of metformin, a generic form of Glucophage. Until now, Publix charged $21 a month for the maintenance drug. It's part of broader effort the grocer unveiled to help diabetics monitor and manage their lives with online educational resources, recipes, cooking classes and a monthly e-newsletter.
Publix Pharmacies is now offering diabetes medication free to customers with Type II diabetes.
The first phase of the new program was announced this week. At the core of the program is the free generic immediate-release metformin (500 mg, 850 mg or 1,000 mg) — the generic form of the drug Glucophage. Also included is a voucher for a free Publix brand glucose meter and enrollment into the Auto Refill program.
Auto Refill Program
In addition to receiving metformin for free, Publix Pharmacy customers will have all their maintenance medications enrolled into the Auto Refill program. This will ensure all prescriptions are refilled when due. A reminder call, to the telephone number on file, will be placed to customers when prescriptions are ready for pick-up.
An online library of diabetes-related content, including educational articles, interactive tools for risk assessments, quizzes, podcasts and videos will be available at the Publix website. Customers are also encouraged to sign-up and receive a monthly e-newsletter, which will contain additional diabetes-related articles, a featured recipe of the month and special offers from Publix and Publix Pharmacy.
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