Giant Food Announces Free Antibiotic Prescription Program

Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:06pm EST

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Giant Pharmacies Focus on Helping Consumers During Difficult Economic Times
LANDOVER, Md.--(Business Wire)--
At a time when the health of many families are affected by a difficult economy,
Giant Food, in a major consumer wellness initiative, is launching a free
prescription program covering 36 generic antibiotics in nine basic categories.
The program will run from January 2-March 21, 2009, at all Giant pharmacies. 

"Giant pharmacies are committed to improving the health and wellness in our
communities during the winter season when families are susceptible to coughs,
colds, and bacteria-borne illnesses," explained Andrea Astrachan, consumer
advisor for Giant Food. "As the provider of fresh, wholesome foods that help our
customers stay healthy, we feel it is equally important to offer these free
antibiotics to fight illness," she said. 

In recent months Giant has held an Affordable Food Summit, offered customers
Real Deal savings and expanded its line of corporate brand products against the
backdrop of a difficult economy. This new wellness promotion is all about access
- to the prescriptions families need from a company that cares about the health
and wellness of the communities it serves. 

"Free antibiotics is the latest good news our pharmacies are offering the
public," Ms. Astrachan said. "We also offer up to a 90 day supply on over 350
commonly prescribed generic drugs for only $9.99." 

Giant is supporting the program with television advertising, physician outreach,
in-store communication and an expanded web presence. For additional information
along with a list of the antibiotics included in this program go to 

To schedule an interview with Robin Michel, Executive Vice President and General
Manager for Giant Food, please contact Caroline DeHaan at 202-414-0791. 

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, MD, operates 182 supermarkets in
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, and employs
approximately 21,000 associates. Included within the 182 stores are 163
full-service pharmacies. For more on Giant, visit 

Giant Food LLC
Jamie Miller, 301-341-8776
Caroline DeHaan, 202-414-0791

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