Free Prescriptions: Another Ploy By The Evil Corporations


I wonder what the corporations-are-evil crowd will think about the news that Meijer is giving out certain prescriptions for free. No strings attached.

This no-strings-attached program means that any customer, regardless of insurance or co-pay, can take their prescription to any Meijer pharmacy and receive their designated antibiotic free of charge. There is no card required, no membership to purchase, no minimal charges, no special forms to fill out and no fees to pay.

Actually, I know how they will spin this as evil. They will pick up on this story, which is already criticizing the program.

The free antibiotics program is an obvious boon to wage earners squeezed by soaring medical costs. But it also could accelerate the spread of the drug-resistant bacteria already worrying medical authorities in metro Detroit and elsewhere.

By election 2012, politicians will be complaining about the "big corporations" that promoted the growth of superbugs. Sometimes you just can't win.

  • Travis

    This post was really useless speculation about what other people might think. lame.

  • Dave

    Your comment was useless, unintelligent, void of relevant information, and contributed nothing to the article or the conversation. Lame.

  • Rob

    Hey Travis,
    You get what you pay for ;)

  • Dickerson’s conclusion in the DFP regarding resistance is illogical and seems more rooted in his personal ideology than economics. Meijers, Wal-Mart, or Walgreens just distribute the drugs; doctors prescribe them. If a drug resistance were to occur, the blame lies with doctors and the patients who fail to manage their own health. If these firms want to give drugs away to get customers in the door, this is capitalism at it’s best.

  • Anonymous


    First the disclaimer: I have worked for peace through justice NGOs. So I have more than a few friends who distruct corporations.

    However, I worked with NGOs because I have a history of success. And as an entrepreneur and before that a former manager at several large corporations, I believe in business and in capitalism. The NGOs for whom I worked wanted their marketing and PR efforts to be more business-like.

    Since I have experience in both arenas, I bring a perspective that may be missing here. As I mentioned, I have friends and have worked with folks who distrust large corporations, with an emphasis on large. I have never met anyone who hates corporations of any size. If they exist, I suspect that number is quite small. I also suspect that if they had an elder or ill relative who has benefitted from discount or free meds, their attitude would change quickly.

  • It seems to me that this program would discourage the spread of disease because free antibiotics means that more people will be able to obtain them, instead of just “living with” the sickness and spreading it to others.