Cromwell (WTNH) - The tough economic times has everybody looking for ways to savea few bucks. And, with colds and the flu seemingly looming aroundevery school and store, some participating pharmacies are givingout antibiotics forfree.
The line is long at the Stop and Shop pharmacy, in Cromwell, butmoves quickly because many people are not paying for the medicine.The company is giving away free antibiotics until March 21st tohelp out in these tough economic times.
"If you look at people today they are trying to decide betweenputting food on the table or trying to buy their medication," MarkCooney, of Stop and Shop, said. "We want to do our part in allowingthem to do that. So, it's one thing less they have to worryabout."
So far thousands of people statewide, from New Haven to Meridento Cromwell, have taken advantage of the free antibiotics, and manypeople didn't know they were free.
"He says he is going to call my doctor and get me some freeantibiotics, great," Caterina Mozzolini, of Colchester, said. "Ilost my job last May and so everything helps."
All you need is a doctor's prescription, no insurance isnecessary. Stop and Shop started offering the free drugs in Januaryduring the height of the cold and flu season.
"Especially people with kids, they are always sick," PhyllisPringal, of Cromwell, said. "I think it's awesome; I really dobecause anything helps. The copays keep going up. I know because Ispend $300 a month on copays."
Stop and Shop is not the only one offering free medications.Shop Right stores around Connecticut, like one in Wallingford, arealso doing it as well.
"I think it is awesome, whoever thought of it, kudos to them,"Pringal said. "Because people today are so greedy."
"It's really generous," Sarah Morello, of Meriden, said. "Ithink for doing it for that long it gives people time to takeadvantage of the program."
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