Schnucks Pharmacies to Offer Free Prenatal Vitamins
Schucks Pharmacies, a division of Schnuck Markets based in St Louis, MO, has announced that beginning today it will offer 13 of the most often prescribed prenatal vitamins for free to help pregnant women prevent birth defects.
Schucks, which operates 103 pharmacies in seven states, says that “It is putting prenatal vitamins in the hands of women who usually couldn’t afford it.” Stores are located in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Vice President Michael Juergensmeyer says, “It’s a major investment for our company, but we feel a responsibility to help where we can. Due to economic considerations, many patients don’t refill prescriptions for chronic conditions, let alone take prescription prenatal vitamins for wellness care. We share doctors’ concerns and recognize the need to make good prenatal care more affordable for all.”
According to the March of Dimes, who is helping support the effort, about 3,000 babies are born each year in the United States with brain or spinal cord defects and about 70% of those could have been prevented with the proper dose of folic acid, a key ingredient in prenatal vitamins. Women who are pregnant, or who are planning a pregnancy, should consume at least 400-600 micrograms of folic acid each day.
Other important nutrients during pregnancy are iron, calcium, and DHA. Prenatal vitamins typically contain more of these nutrients than standard multivitamin supplements.
Customers must present a valid prescription for one of the selected prenatal vitamins, which include:
- Prenavite Tablet
- Prenatal-U Capsule
- Citranatal Rx Tablet
- Trinatal Rx1 Tablet
- Prenatal Tablet
- Stuart Prenatal Tablet
- Prenatal Plus Iron Tablet
- Prenatal 19 Tablet
- Prenatal Plus Tablet
- Prenatal 19 Chewable Tablet
- Prenatabs FA Tablet
- Pruet DHA Prenatal
- Prenatabs Rx Tablet
The list is subject to change based on availability.
Vitamins will be limited to a 30-day supply per visit, but refills are free. The program complements another effort in the Schnuck Pharmacies’ Health and Wellness Program – the free generic oral antibiotic program. The company claims that it has saved their customers more than $16 million since beginning the wellness initiative.