Schnucks Pharmacies to Offer Free Prenatal Vitamins

Joining in the fight against birth defects, Schnucks Pharmacies now offer free prescription prenatal vitamins that make it easier for pregnant women and their babies to get the protection they need.

The St. Louis-based regional retailer will offer 13 of the most often prescribed vitamins free in all of its 103 Schnucks Pharmacies. “It’s a major investment for our company, but we feel a responsibility to help where we can,” said Michael Juergensmeyer, VP of pharmacy. “Due to economic considerations, many patients don’t refill prescriptions for chronic conditions, let alone take prescription prenatal vitamins for wellness care,” said Juergensmeyer, adding: “We share doctors’ concerns and recognize the need to make good prenatal care more affordable for all.”

Deborah Kersting, executive director of the Greater Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes, commends Schnucks for “leading the way in raising awareness and in providing free prenatal vitamins to help give all babies a chance for a healthy start. Folic acid is the most important vitamin women can take to help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine, and it’s most important that they start taking it before they get pregnant and continue to take it after,” Kersting said.

A part of Schnuck Pharmacies’ Health and Wellness Program, the free prenatal vitamin program complements its already popular free generic oral antibiotic program, which offers a variety of 30-day generic prescriptions for $4, as well as a $10, 90-day generic prescription program. Juergensmeyer estimates that the pharmacy discount programs have saved Schnucks customers more than $16 million dollars since there inception.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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