A fierce competitive salvo was fired last week by Meijer with its unrestricted offer to give any of seven generic oral antibiotics free of charge to anyone with a prescription. The drugs included in the giveaway cover each classification of antibiotics. They are commonly prescribed in connection with childhood illnesses, but have other uses. Meijer, Grand Rapids, Mich., is the privately held operator of 176 combination discount-supermarket stores. Meijer's free-drug offer was intended to ...

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