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Wal-Mart expands low-price drug program
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/08 | Peggy Harris - ap

Posted on 05/05/2008 8:07:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, announced Monday it would expand its discounted prescription drug program to offer 90-day supplies for $10 and add several women's medications at a discount. It also said it would lower the price of more than 1,000 over-the-counter drugs.

The move marks the third phase of a company program that began in 2006 to provide a 30-day supply of generic prescription drugs for $4. The Bentonville-based company said the program has saved customers more than $1 billion.

With the expansion, the company began filling prescriptions Monday for up to 350 generic medications at $10 for a 90-day supply at Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market and Sam's Club pharmacies in the U.S. Almost all the prescription generics in the company's $4 program were included in the expanded $10 offer, said Wal-Mart senior vice president John Agwunobi.

In addition, the company will add several women's medications to its list of prescriptions available for $9, including drugs to treat breast cancer and hormone deficiency.

For instance, alendronate, the generic version of osteoporosis medication Fosamax, will be added to the list. Company pharmacies will fill 30-day prescriptions of alendronate for $9 and a 90-day supply for $24 at a comparison of $54 and $102, respectively, that women previously paid for the same amounts, the company said.

Tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer, will be offered for $9 for a 30-day supply, as well as combination estrogen/methyltestosterone tablets, prescribed for menopause and hormone deficiency.

Wal-Mart also will lower the prices of more than 1,000 over-the-counter medications to $4 or less in its pharmacies, company officials said. The company has sold over-the-counter medicines in the past at discounted prices, but revised and expanded its offerings specifically to include commonly used drugs that usually sell for $7 or more, said company spokesman Deisha Galberth.

The over-the-counter medication price rollbacks represent about one-third of the retailer's over-the-counter medicines. They include Wal-Mart's Equate versions of popular drugs, including Zantac, Pepcid and Claritin, and Wal-Mart's Spring Valley prenatal vitamins.

Since 2006, Wal-Mart's $4 generic drug program has expanded to every state, except North Dakota, where Wal-Mart has no in-store pharmacies. And many company competitors have followed the retailer's lead.

While stressing that the expansion was designed to help customers at a time of exorbitant health-care costs and difficult economic times, Agwunobi said the program has worked in everyone's favor.

"This is the time for us now to begin building capacity," he said. "It offers (customers') employers potential savings. It offers the customers significant savings. It also offers us the ability to add capacity to our pharmacies without adding people."

Agwunobi expects the 90-day discount will increase the company's market share of mail-order and online prescriptions as customers realize the value of the company offer.

Wal-Mart Chief Operating Officer Bill Simon said the results in each phase of the program have been strong and prescription volume has increased, "exceeding our expectations." He said the company would not, however, offer free generic drugs at its in-store clinics as some competitors have.

"We're in business to make money," Simon said. "Free is a price that is not a long-term sustainable proposition."

Shares of Wal-Mart fell 53 cents to $56.97 Monday.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: drugprogram; expands; lowprice; prescriptiondrug; walmart

1 posted on 05/05/2008 8:07:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

While the government twidles it’s thumbs, Wal-Mart comes to the aid of Americans on health care. I’m betting their in-store clinics will also put the hospitals to shame too. Who in their right mind would buy generic drugs anywhere else? Wally World is saving us a bundle. Their prices beats our insurance drug plan.


2 posted on 05/05/2008 8:15:19 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: NormsRevenge
Has anyone ever filled a prescription for Lipitor at Wal Mart? I was curious what it cost.
3 posted on 05/05/2008 8:15:39 PM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: WVNan
Kroger has much the same system. After a showdown with my PCP last week my prescription bill went from $265 to a little over $100.00 a month total. Gotta love generics.
4 posted on 05/05/2008 8:26:19 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (")
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To: the lastbestlady
I dunno about Lipitor.

But their "Sam's Choice" OxyContin 'effin rocks!

Watch out for falling Freepers...

5 posted on 05/05/2008 8:28:09 PM PDT by billorites (Freepo ergo sum)
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To: NormsRevenge

Get a copy of the WM $4 and $10 RX drug list, keep it in your purse or car, then present it to the doctor when he/she needs to prescribe medicine for you.

It has saved us lots of money.


6 posted on 05/05/2008 8:29:26 PM PDT by Reddy (VOTE CONSERVATIVE in '08!)
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To: the lastbestlady; NormsRevenge
Has anyone ever filled a prescription for Lipitor at Wal Mart? I was curious what it cost.

My father gets his Lipitor at Sam's Club which is owned by Wal Mart, but I don't know how much he pays. I would assume it's better than Walgreen's or CVS's price.

7 posted on 05/05/2008 8:29:47 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: the lastbestlady

Here’s Walmarts $4.00 list by categories http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=546834


8 posted on 05/05/2008 8:30:59 PM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: WVNan
While the government twidles it’s thumbs, Wal-Mart comes to the aid of Americans on health care.

I am sorry to disappoint you but WalMart has special pricing (due to the high volume buying) to fast moving generics so they can afford crushing down mom and pop's small pharmacies and the majority of these generics come from China. Most of the major drugs in the past 2 years have been from drug manufacturers importing from China. The Heparin Syringe recall was already deemed as purposely being contaminated.

So next time when you get your refill from WalMart ask them to show you the original bottle and check on the side carefully by whom and where it was manufactured. You can have for example Mylan Pharmaceuticals having one of the cheapest beta blockers Atenolol manufactured in Chiana. Upon careful read of the original bottle you will see Mylan's logo plasted on the front but on the side you shall find "Manufactured by XXXX from Beijing, China for Mylan Pharm".

So I say thanks, but not thanks. I might be a pain in the behind but my pharmacy knows my peculiarity when it comes to generics so they always show me the original bottle. If it's made in China I simply refuse it and they either order from a different manufacturer or they lose my business. The competition is tough enough right now amongst retail pharmacies (reason for the discounted generic program and not for altruistic reasons) where they always comply. Besides, they do understand my neurotic behavior, they have the same doubts about Chinese meds :)
9 posted on 05/05/2008 8:53:35 PM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: the lastbestlady
If you meet income guidlines:

NeedyMeds.com Lipitor

10 posted on 05/05/2008 9:03:00 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
“guidelines”

Must remember spell check.

11 posted on 05/05/2008 9:04:52 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: NormsRevenge

We don’t shop at Wal*Mart for prescriptions because although our insurance is accepted there, they always seem to mess up the prescription pricing and have to void it, re-do it, etc. I don’t take blood pressure meds, but I come close to needing it after 30 minutes at the counter. I don’t blame Wal*Mart in general, just the idiots at the store closest to my house. The store where I used to live did a great job.
But I go to Target for prescriptions.
Anyway, this really is great because Target/Kmart/Krogers/etc., will follow suit, so this benefits everyone.
FYI: Here are the discount lists for various stores. Some (ending with .pdf) are direct links to Adobe Acrobat Flies.
Target:
sites.target.com/images/pharmacy/ pharmacy_4dollar_program_list.pdf
K*Mart:
https://pharmacy.kmartcorp.com/documents/90%20Day%20Generics%20Formulary%20Sheet%20July%202007.pdf
Kroger:
http://www.kroger.com/generic/
Wal*Mart:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=546834

Thanks, Wal*Mart!


12 posted on 05/05/2008 9:20:45 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Paleo Conservative
My father gets his Lipitor at Sam's Club which is owned by Wal Mart, but I don't know how much he pays. I would assume it's better than Walgreen's or CVS's price.

Walgreen's, in order to compete, has come up with a fairly similar generic-drug program, although I forget the specifics. One major difference, however: There is an annual fee--I think it is $20 for individuals and $35 for families, although I am not quite certain of those numbers--which tends to nullify (or at least greatly reduce) the savings that would otherwise accrue to the company's customers. (This is reminiscent of credit cards that carry an annual fee--why would anyone carry one?--or even a "cover charge" at a night club.)

13 posted on 05/05/2008 10:12:52 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY
I am sorry to disappoint you but WalMart has special pricing (due to the high volume buying) to fast moving generics so they can afford crushing down mom and pop's small pharmacies and the majority of these generics come from China. Most of the major drugs in the past 2 years have been from drug manufacturers importing from China. The Heparin Syringe recall was already deemed as purposely being contaminated.

Feel free to bend over for standard drugstore pricing if you feel you can afford it. The rest of us will get our lower-cost meds at Wal-Mart. With the massive volume and customer base that Wally World has, I don't think they're going to risk liability exposure by selling us tainted drugs. They are in a position to build their own plants and set their own standards anywhere in the world they want.

14 posted on 05/05/2008 10:28:23 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: politicalwit

I got hosed by Wal-Mart on my Lisinopril prescription. Got a 90 day supply and they charged me a total of $12 ($4 x three months) rather than the $10 listed on the web site. ;-)


15 posted on 05/05/2008 10:36:09 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: BlazingArizona

Yep, I can easily see Wal-Mart branching into pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Pretty soon there’s going to be Sam’s Choice Viagra ROFL.


16 posted on 05/05/2008 10:50:20 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Bipartisanship: Two wolves and the American people deciding what's for dinner)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

https://israelonlinemeds.com:448/index.shtml


17 posted on 05/05/2008 10:51:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Bipartisanship: Two wolves and the American people deciding what's for dinner)
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To: billorites
Sam's Choice" OxyContin

I prefer Smart and Final's pain killers.

18 posted on 05/05/2008 11:38:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
. Pretty soon there’s going to be Sam’s Choice Viagra

Yes, but will it be Samantha's choice?

19 posted on 05/05/2008 11:39:36 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Sam’s Choice Viagra

Description: Makes you as stiff as Ol'Roy.

Caution: If you have a desire to ride in the bed of an ol' red truck for more than 4 hours please consult your local Walmart Clinic Physician or NP as soon as possible.

20 posted on 05/06/2008 1:51:01 AM PDT by politicalwit (AKA... A Tradition Continues...Now a Hoosier Freeper)
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To: NormsRevenge

Lousy corporate bastards. < \Democrat>


21 posted on 05/06/2008 2:01:51 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Pretty soon there’s going to be Sam’s Choice Viagra ROFL.

I'll wait for Mrs. Sam''s Choice. :^)

22 posted on 05/06/2008 2:34:25 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: BlazingArizona
They are in a position to build their own plants and set their own standards anywhere in the world they want.

That is the problem, the Chinese have no standards, no way to control their products and ensure their safety and quality and accuracy of the dose. So let's hope that the next drug recall will not affect you. Playing RUssian roulette with your health is your right. Good luck!
23 posted on 05/06/2008 2:56:32 AM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: WVNan

“I’m betting their in-store clinics will also put the hospitals to shame too.”

CVS already has the in-store clinics in select stores.


24 posted on 05/06/2008 4:15:55 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY
We have a few here like you who pose as conservatives who love to bash Wal-Mart no matter what they do. Have a nice day liberal.
25 posted on 05/06/2008 4:28:24 PM PDT by kempo (c)
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To: kempo
We have a few here like you who pose as conservatives who love to bash Wal-Mart no matter what they do. Have a nice day liberal.

Unless you have clear arguments about my post please refrain yourself from insulting me. I was very detailed in my post to give you a hint that pharmaceutical/healthcare field is my forte and my background. Instead, unable to carry on in a polite and adult way you react with an unilateral conclusion (and the incorrect one for that matter) and you declare me be a persona non grata. I wonder if you are man enough to apologize but I doubt it.
26 posted on 05/06/2008 5:26:13 PM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

Do you have link to back up your assertion that these drugs offered by WM are made in China. I made that assertion here at work and was told “They have to be made here. They are approved by the FDA!”.

I would like to show the person who told me that the information. Thanks.


27 posted on 05/09/2008 11:23:37 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: raybbr
There is no such link, this is strictly based on my medical and pharmacology background and my dealings with other healthcare providers. WalMart's wholesaler's is McKesson and they have special purchases from China. As I stated, when you fill your meds anywhere ask to see the original bottle. The country of origin is listed on it unless it's a pre-pack and then we're all out of gas. As far as the assertion that all meds have to be made in US, it's incompletely inaccurate. Meds (prescription, over-the-counter and supplements) can be produced anywhere in the world as long as they meet our specifications. In order to meet the FDA's specs the manufacturer, on occasion, may get an inspector. Usually signed affidavits is enough for foreign medicine to be dispensed in our country. It's the same thing as checking every single container which comes through our ports: mission impossible. Usually the issues with recalled meds come up upon many adverse reactions reported specifically to a certain brand/manufacturer. There are no check points. Now think about this, the FDA's argument about banning anyone getting meds from Canada or Mexico is because they are not sure about their safety but they are the first to admit it that they cannot ensure the same safety for legally imported drugs (and again, I am referring to India and China mostly, I have no issues with European manufacturers).
28 posted on 05/09/2008 5:14:47 PM PDT by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

“...they can afford crushing down mom and pop’s small pharmacies...”

Around here the big pharmacies already took care of that long ago.


29 posted on 05/09/2008 5:27:53 PM PDT by John W (We're all gonna die!!!!)
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