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.