Publix ends free prescriptions at its pharmacies

Publix ends free prescriptions at its pharmacies

According to flyers circulating among customers this week, Publix pharmacies across its operating area in seven states will end a free prescription program on June 1.

“Publix Super Markets in the Orlando area are distributing notices to customers that the company’s free prescription drug program will end on June 1,” according to a report in Orlando West News Sunday.

This means that some prescription drugs that were previously free on Publix will no longer be offered for free. A visit and calls to several pharmacies by The Ledger verified the report.

Lakeland-based Publix Supermarkets Inc. operates at least 1,200 pharmacies in seven states, according to an October post on its blog: The Publix Checkout.

Publix pharmacies in many Central Florida communities have sent out notices to customers that the program that offered some prescriptions for free expires June 1.

Publix announced in 2020 that it has reached a milestone of 100 million prescriptions filled under its free drug program, West Orlando News said. At the time, Publix said it was “proud to provide a service that helps our customers afford their drugs.”

A notice distributed to customers in some central Florida stores this week said, “While we no longer offer drugs for free, many will still be available at Publix Pharmacy at little or no cost with most insurance plans,” according to the news.

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