press release

September 9, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
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Giant Food Introduces Electronic Rx Timer Cap

Cutting Edge Cap Works with Any Prescription Medication

Landover, Md. (September 9, 2014)– To encourage appropriate use of prescription medication, Giant Food of Landover, Md. has introduced Rx Timer Cap, an electronic cap that is an alternative to the traditional prescription medication caps. Rx Timer Cap fits standard prescription containers and is available with either child-resistant closures or as an easy twist-off for seniors. For a limited time, all Giant Food locations are offering one free Rx Timer Cap to its grocery and pharmacy customers via an in-store coupon promotion at all pharmacy locations.

Giant Food’s new Rx Timer Cap lets customers know exactly how long it has been since their last dose, as compared to directions on prescription labels alone, which just inform patients how often they should take their medication. Containing a built-in LCD timer, Rx Timer Cap works like a stopwatch, keeping track of the hours and minutes since a patient last opened the container and took his/her medication. Every time the cap is opened, the timer resets to zero. When the cap is closed, the timer automatically begins counting up the hours and minutes since the medication was last consumed. There are no alarms to program or buttons to press, and it works with any prescription medication.

According to the World Health Organization, the number one problem in healthcare today is poor medication adherence, which leads to deteriorating health, further medical treatment, and potentially unnecessary hospitalization.

“The Rx Timer Cap is a fantastic, easy-to-use healthcare tool that is beneficial to all customers who need to take prescription medication, irrespective of age,” said Gayle Shields, director, pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “The chance of missing a dose, or multi-dosing, is significantly reduced using this cap. We are pleased to offer this cutting-edge technology in all Giant pharmacies as part of our commitment to providing high quality, customer-oriented and convenient products and services that promote our customers’ health and wellbeing.”

Customers may purchase additional caps to meet their prescription medication needs, at the cost of $2.99 per cap. Customers may continue to receive traditional cap(s) on their prescriptions at no extra charge. For more information on the Rx Timer Cap or any of Giant Food’s pharmacy offerings, please visit www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.