A supermarket chain in the Midwest United States, Meijer, has just announced that they will be giving away metformin at their pharmacies. Their program will include the 500mg, 850mg and 1000mg tablets of the immediate-release version of metformin. Of course, their pharmacies will want a doctor's prescription.
They're not the only ones: Publix, another supermarket chain, also recently announced a similar program of free metformin. These announcements surpass the pricing at Walmart and Target, both of whom have been selling metformin (and several sulfonylurea diabetes drugs) at $4.00 for sixty tablets. Walmart and Target do sell the extended-release version at this price, whereas Meijer's free offer excludes the extended-release form (and apparently excludes other diabetes drugs). By comparison, 90 metformin tablets cost between $17 and $20 at Medco by Mail, and probably more at your local bricks-and-mortar pharmacy.
Metformin, sold under brand names such as Glucophage and Gluc...
Generic Name: METFORMIN SUSTAINED-ACTION TABLET - ORAL Pronounced: (met-FOR-min) Glucophage XR Oral Uses
Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program
and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. It is used in
patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). Controlling
high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss
of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also
lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Metformin works by helping to
restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It
also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your
How To Use Glucophage XR Oral
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from
your pharmacist before you start taking metformin and each time you get a
refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or
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