Kmart expands discount drug program

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. As grocery and big-box retailers offer generic prescription drugs at reduced prices, Kmart Pharmacy is playing one-upmanship.

On June 22, the chain began offering more than 500 commonly prescribed generic drugs for families at its 1,100 pharmacies. The drugs include more than 100 antibiotic, pain, cold and cough drugs, as well as oral contraceptives, pre-natal drugs, cancer and osteoporosis medications. Prices range from $5 to $25.

Wal-Mart began its discount program on generic prescription drugs in 2006. Since then, stores such as Meijer, Kroger, Giant Eagle and others have followed suit.

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