Meijer’s free prescription program filled nearly 40 million prescriptions and surpassed $500 million savings for customers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone earlier this month when its free prescription program surpassed $500 million in savings for customers. The program – a first of its kind when launched in October 2006 – has since filled nearly 40 million free prescriptions.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities we serve,” said Jason Beauch, Vice President of Pharmacy Merchandising. “We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which includes access to necessary medications. We are pleased this program is used by so many families across the Midwest.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral generic antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescriptions most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free prenatal vitamins in May 2008, metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010, and the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium), the cholesterol lowering medication, in 2012.

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer has been the generic cholesterol lowering medication. In 2016, Meijer pharmacy customers filled more than 3.2 million atorvastatin calcium prescriptions, followed by more than 1.4 million metformin prescriptions, more than 1.3 million antibiotics, and more than 480,000 free prenatal vitamin prescriptions.

In addition to the free prescription program, the Meijer mPerks pharmacy rewards program rewarded pharmacy customers with more than $13 million in rewards to spend at Meijer last year.

“We’re proud that we’ve helped millions of families improve their health and wellbeing without impacting their budgets,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Providing these solutions for the customers who rely on our pharmacies is part of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Christina Fecher
christina.fecher@meijer.com
616-540-6108

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Meijer’s free prescription program hit 30 million prescriptions dispensed since October 2006

Retailer’s program grows year over year, saving customers more than $422 million

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2016-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone late last month when the retailer’s free prescription program hit 30 million prescriptions dispensed – 6 million alone in 2015 – since October 2006 when the program launched. The program has saved customers more than $422 million, said Nat Love, vice president of pharmacy for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of other families,” Love said. “We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which includes access to necessary medications. We began our free prescription program with that in mind, and are pleased that so many families across the Midwest continue to find it valuable.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral generic antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescription most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free prenatal vitamins in May 2008; metformin, the most commonly-prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010; and atorvastatin calcium, the generic substitute for Lipitor®*, the cholesterol-lowering medication, in 2012, Love said.

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer in 2015 was atorvastatin calcium with 3 million this year, saving customers $37.7 million, followed by:

  • Metformin with 1.4 million prescriptions and a $10.6 million cost-savings to customers;
  • Antibiotics with 1.3 million prescriptions and a $10 million cost-savings; and
  • Prenatal vitamins with 540,000 prescriptions and an $11 million cost-savings.

*Lipitor® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals.

About Meijer:
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 223 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

 

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Meijer's free prescription program hit 30 million prescriptions dispensed since October 2006

Meijer’s free prescription program hit 30 million prescriptions dispensed since October 2006