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Walmart Launches $4.00 Generic Drug Program

By September 22, 2006

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The Walmart Corporation announced big news Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006. They have unveiled a new prescription drug program which offers a list of 291 generic drugs which they will sell for $4.00 for a 30 day supply. The offer starts Friday, Sept. 22, and is available to the insured and uninsured alike.

Although the new program is starting out in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, by January, they will expand the program to the entire state of Florida. They plan to extend the program to all Walmarts nationwide by the end of next year.

Although there are over 7,000 generic drugs, Walmart has selected 291 commonly used drugs, for many chronic conditions such as diabetes. The generic diabetes drugs on the official list include:

  • Glipizide 5 mg and 10 mg.
  • Glyburide 2.5 mg and 5 mg.
  • Glyburid MCR 3 mg. and 6 mg.
  • Glimepiride 1 mg.
  • Metformin 1,000 mg., 850 mg., 500 mg. and 500 mg. ER

Several high blood pressure medications will also be available including commonly prescribed ACE inhibitors; Captopril, Enalapril, and Lisinopril, and beta blockers such as Metoprolol and Propranolol.

Bill Simon, executive vice president of the Professional Services Division for Walmart, says in a statement released by Walmart, "These are medicines for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, colds and infections - the kinds of medicines that working families need so they can treat illness, manage conditions and stay well."

Walmart offers complete lists of all 291 drugs and over 60 participating stores in the Tampa Bay area.

Comments
September 22, 2006 at 7:29 pm
(1) Lee says:

Great idea. Put it in all the stores. Help those of us who have more than one drug a month!!!!!!

September 28, 2006 at 1:16 pm
(2) denise says:

Could people like me in California order through the mail from your stores in Florida?

September 29, 2006 at 5:48 pm
(3) Deb Manzella says:

Hi Denise,

You’ll have to contact Walmart directly to find that out. You can check out their website to see. Here’s the address: http://www.walmart.com/pharmacy

Thanks for posting.

Deb M

October 2, 2006 at 5:54 pm
(4) John Condron says:

Wow! Wal-Mart has certainly gotten a lot of positive press out of something they are doing in only a handful of stores, and on a very limited basis.

Some questions the media (including About.com) should be asking, rather than trumpting this “big news.”(1) Why is it necessary to “pilot” this program? (2) Why in Tampa, FL? (3) Why such a restricted list of drugs? (4) If the purpose of the “pilot” is to evaluate the practicality of the program, then why announce it nationally (internationally?)? Surely, by announcing it this way, Wal-Mart has invalidated the results of their “pilot.”

Just a few thoughts from a critical thinker. Remember when we had some of those in the media?

October 2, 2006 at 6:38 pm
(5) Deb Manzella says:

Hi John,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. There certainly are a lot of questions that could be asked of Walmart or of any “marketing strategy” of any big conglomerate business. My focus was not intended to “trumpet” Walmart. My focus was more intended to spread the word that somewhere out there, someone is offering 291 of the most commonly prescribed generic medications for $4.00 for a month’s supply. This really is welcome news for people who routinely must pay hundreds of dollars a year in medication costs. Of special interest to this site in particular… many common diabetes drugs are on the list. Uninsured people who must buy medications out of pocket benefit from this program too, because the same $4.00 prescription price is across the board, insured or not. Many times, when people can’t afford their medications, they do without or take smaller doses to economize. Being able to effectively control blood sugar and blood pressure do much to forstall or even prevent long-term complications of diabetes such as blindness, kidney failure and amputation. When the program does go national, more people will be able to comply with their medication regimens for the simple reason that they might be able to afford them. Diabetes is not a disease that goes away. People are usually on these medications for life. Anything that can save them money can be viewed as beneficial.
I welcome your insightful comments and thanks again for sharing your thoughts.
Warm regards,
Deb Manzella

October 5, 2006 at 11:33 am
(6) Pat says:

This is such wonderful news to hear.

October 5, 2006 at 4:40 pm
(7) FRED says:

Thanks we need this, trust it will get to Oregon soon!!!

October 6, 2006 at 10:29 pm
(8) Photios Georgalas says:

Is there an income limit in order to qualify for this program?

October 6, 2006 at 10:37 pm
(9) Deb Manzella says:

Hi Photios,

As far as I know, there is no income limit. The $4.00 price is for everyone.

October 10, 2006 at 11:35 pm
(10) shirley pace says:

Dear Walmart,
I live in south carolina and on two different cancer drugs that are ‘very; costly. we do have insurance,but i am almost to the deadly “hole” in our policy.
do you think that maybe you will be offering such drugs as hydrea and arimidex in the future?

thanks

October 19, 2006 at 6:43 pm
(11) Dale says:

Where might I obtain a list of the $4.00 generic drugs Wal-Mart is heavily advertising on TV. Please advise where to see list online. Thank you ever so much. Dale

October 19, 2006 at 7:09 pm
(12) Lisa C. says:

YOU GO WALMART!!!!! Thanks for stepping up to the plate when our government won’t. Walmart is tops! This is one of the many reasons I do all my shopping business at Walmart!

October 20, 2006 at 9:38 am
(13) Deb M says:

Hi Dale,

Walmart has the list on their website. It’s an impressive list. See it at http://www.walmart.com/pharmacy

Take care,
Deb Manzella

October 25, 2006 at 9:55 am
(14) Marion Ullmer says:

Thank you Walmart for covering the Seniors and uninsured in this country.

October 27, 2006 at 7:30 pm
(15) Pat says:

Is this program going to come to California and if so when. This would be great for sr.’s and people that don’t have drug insurance. thank you Walmart

November 1, 2006 at 11:56 am
(16) candace parrish says:

Great idea but there are numerous other drugs that are not on the $4.00 list that need to be on because we cannot afford them. My husband is on 6 different meds for diabetes and none of them are on the list as of this time. Why can’t all the drugs be on the generic list and put these pharmacuetical com. out of business. It’s a crime to be so outragously priced. Sleep deprivation should be considered a medical issue but most insurance co won’t pay.Ambien Cr works great if you can afford to buy them even with insurance,my copay is $73.00 No wonder people go postal!!

February 12, 2007 at 9:31 am
(17) mary player says:

Can you keep refilling your prescriptions for 4.00? Or is it limited to one time? Thank you!

November 14, 2007 at 10:39 am
(18) John Rossmair says:

Your list of $4.00 meds is impressive, and my wife and I could save on 5 drugs on the list. My problem is that 2 of the drugs on your list only allow for 30 tabs and my perscription calls for 2 per day. Is there any way to remedy that?

February 3, 2009 at 11:23 pm
(19) Beth Windham says:

this is not where i wanted to leave my message but it was the 1st place i found… i work in a doctors office ..i call in rxs everyday…the only pharmacies i have trouble with are the walmarts in this area, the employees are rude, they refuse to take time for me to ask questions, today after i called to ask if a patients rx could be transferred to another walmart pharmacy (because he was staying with a relative in another town) they put me on hold for over 15 min., do you know howmuch i could have gotten done in 15 min ?? walmart pharmacies are a help with thier prices , and i try to get patients to try them for the good prices, but most of the patients tell me they had rather pay more or go further so they don’t have to deal with the walmart pharmacy….in the slow economic times we are in i wish walmart would worry more about quality than price

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