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

Meijer now offers pharmacy services 24/7 to customers in Toledo

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer now offers pharmacy services around-the-clock to customers in Toledo. The new 24/7 pharmacy service at the Sylvania Township location features immunizations, health screenings and medication therapy management, said Nat Love, vice president of Drug Store for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“We’re pleased to announce that our neighbors in Toledo can now get their prescriptions and receive pharmacy services whenever it’s most convenient for them,” Love said. “Our customers now have the comfort and assurance that no matter when they need assistance, we’re here for them and ready to help.”

Located at 7240 W. Central Ave., the Sylvania Township Meijer was chosen to offer expanded in-store and drive-thru services based on the current need for a 24-hour pharmacy in the area, and close proximity to urgent care centers and local hospitals. While it is the fourth store in the Meijer chain to offer 24/7 pharmacy services, the retailer will continue to consider other locations based on customer reaction and feedback.

The pharmacy accepts all major insurance plans and offers the company’s free prescription program as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The free prescription program includes select generic oral antibiotics, prenatal vitamins, metformin immediate release for diabetics and atorvastatin calcium for high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 24 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers nearly $360 million.

Immunizations offered at the pharmacy include flu, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, HPV, and shingles, as well as free health tests for blood pressure, BMI and diabetes risk assessment.

Customers can also enroll in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards program to earn rewards for filling prescriptions at Meijer. For every five eligible prescriptions filled, customers can earn one of the following: $10 off their total shopping purchase, 5 percent off total grocery and health and beauty purchases, or 50 cents off per gallon of Meijer gas. They can also hang onto rewards and keep filling prescriptions to earn double rewards, saving as much as $1 per gallon on gas or $20 off their next shopping visit. To start earning rewards, customers just go to http://mperks.com and sign up in the “rewards” section.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. 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. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Contact:
Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

 

Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Retailer providing in-store and drive-thru services around the clock

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer now offers pharmacy services around-the-clock to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo.  The expansion to new 24/7 pharmacy service at its 5121 S. Westnedge location in Portage officially began last week and features immunizations, health screenings and medication therapy management, said Nat Love, vice president of Drug Store for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“We’re pleased to announce that our Neighbors in Portage and Kalamazoo can now get their prescriptions and receive pharmacy services whenever it’s most convenient for them,” Love said. “Our customers now have the comfort and assurance that no matter when they need assistance, we’re here for them and ready to help.”

The Kalamazoo store was chosen to offer expanded in-store and drive-thru services based on the current need for a 24-hour pharmacy in the area, and close proximity to urgent care centers and local hospitals. While it is the third store in Michigan to offer 24/7 pharmacy services, Meijer will continue considering other locations based on customer reaction and feedback.

The pharmacy accepts all major insurance plans and offers the company’s free prescription program as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The free prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 21 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $300 million.

Immunizations offered at the pharmacy include flu, hepatitis B, HPV and shingles, as well as free health tests for blood pressure, BMI and diabetes risk assessment.

Customers can also enroll in the mPerks Pharmacy Rewards program to earn rewards for filling prescriptions at Meijer. For every five eligible prescriptions filled, customers can earn one of the following: $10 off their total shopping purchase, 5 percent off total grocery and health and beauty purchases, or 50 cents off per gallon of Meijer gas. They can also hang onto rewards and keep filling prescriptions to earn double rewards, saving as much as $1 per gallon on gas or $20 off their next shopping visit. To start earning rewards, customers just go to http://mperks.com and sign up in the “rewards” section.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. 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 electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 761-791-3943, Joseph.Hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan

Meijer announces 24/7 pharmacy service to customers in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan