I understand that retail stores are under pressure to entice customers amid a faltering economy. But I'm not sure Wegman's and Giant are sending a great public health message by offering free generic antibiotics to patients for the next few months (source: Baltimore Sun). Might this encourage doctors to prescribe them more freely, or patients to pressure doctors for prescriptions, at a time when they are already overused?
Maybe the grocery store chains should have picked a different drug. Statins, perhaps?