Free antibiotics for everyone!

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Well, you need a prescription, and it doesn't apply to all antibiotics, but if you live in an area where there is a Publix store, you can get seven generic brands of antibiotics for free. Plublix is a privately held grocer and I guess they can do whatever they please. What they are doing is giving away the drugs that make up nearly 50% of the generic pediatric prescriptions filled in their stores. The free drugs are limited to a fourteen day supply of amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), erythromycin (excluding Ery-Tab), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (or SMZ-TMP) and penicillin VK.

Meijer, another privately-held retailer, began the same program in the Midwest back in October. And Wal-Mart and Target currently fill prescriptions for these drugs at $4 a pop.

This article doesn't address why these retailers are doing this, but let's speculate anyway. I can't believe they are doing this out of the goodness of their corporate hearts and assume there must be a sound financial reason behind the idea. Engendering the good-will of parents by giving their children antibiotics for free will no doubt result in these same parents shopping at these stores for their other needs, including expensive prescriptions. Whatever the reason, it seems like a win-win situation to me. What do you think?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.