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What We’re Reading: Retailers Offer Free Diabetes Medicine

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Between medicines, monitoring equipment, and medical co-pays, managing diabetes can be expensive. So the announcement that two popular retail chains — Meijer and Publix — have introduced programs providing free generic metformin to people with Type 2 diabetes may come as welcome news.

As part of a healthy-living initiative to provide certain medicines at no cost to shoppers, Meijer will supply generic immediate-release metformin in tablet strengths of 500 milligrams, 850 milligrams, and 1,000 milligrams. Up to 100 tablets are covered per prescription fill, and refills are also free. The Publix Pharmacy Diabetes Management System provides no-cost generic immediate-release metformin in tablet strengths of 500 milligrams, 850 milligrams, and 1,000 milligrams. Up to 90 tablets are provided per prescription fill, and refills are free.

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For more information about these programs, see the Meijer and Publix Web sites. And to learn more about metformin, click here.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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