Walmart's "$4 Prescription Plan" Adds OTC Drugs, 90-day Supplies For $10

Walmart’s $4 prescription plan is getting even cheaper, says Reuters. The big blue box will add 1,000 over-the-counter items for $4 or less and make some drugs available in a 90-day supply for only $10 — thus kicking K-mart’s 90-day supply program squarely in the teeth.

No word yet on whether Target and Kroger (who also offer a $4 drug program) will match Walmart’s new offer. Midwest grocery store chain Meijer offers some commonly prescribed antibiotics for free with a prescription.

Wal-Mart offers more low-priced drugs [Reuters]
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  1. dtmoore says:

    Say what you will about walmart, but this is a pretty good thing, especially considering the current economic situation.

  2. starrion says:

    Are the drugs from….. China?

  3. Me - now with more humidity says:

    dtmoore: I was about to write exactly the same thing. A lot of people hate WalMart, but they are doing more than anyone else to make prescription drugs affordable for those who need them most and can’t afford them.

    It also shows what can be done with market pressure on the drug companies. Bravo for WalMart.

  4. leprofie says:

    Smartest marketing move I’ve seen in a long time. When you get people in your store every month because of inexpensive drugs, they are going to be returning and purchasing along the way. Nothing like creating “loyalty” and getting people through the doors!

  5. t0fu says:

    There is no economic situation.

    Fear mongering gets you nowhere!

  6. homerjay says:

    dammit! Why can’t they just stay evil???It would make it a LOT easier to keep the hate train rolling.

  7. searonson says:

    I predict that Walmart will:

    1) Lower prescription drug prices so much that other pharmacies can’t compete

    2) Drive other pharmacies out of business

    3) Raise prices considerably once they have a monopoly or near-monopoly

  8. Nighthawke says:

    Kicking them in the teeth, in KMart’s case it would be dentures, they are so old and decrepit.

  9. bohemian says:

    @starrion: That was my first thought. If you go on Walmart’s website the OTC drugs are all ones that were about $4 anyway.

  10. chrisjames says:

    Walmart: selling snake oil for less.

    Nah, just kidding. This cheap meds stuff is good news. Hopefully they won’t muck it up.

  11. ElizabethD says:

    Anyone have a link to a list of the drugs? I can’t find one at the source.

  12. ptr2void says:

    @ElizabethD: Here you go!
    [www.walmart.com]

  13. How about a 90-day supply of Claritin-D for $10?

    Oh, wait, you can only buy 10-15 days’ worth at a time (if they have it in stock) because of some stupid federal law, and you will have to show ID, and the price, even for generics, will always remain high to attempt to thwart meth users…

  14. DadCooks says:

    @ptr2void: Thanks for the informative link.

    Looks like WalMart covering all the bases. On the OTC list the have a wrist support and K-Y Jelly.

  15. blackmage439 says:

    “Meijer offers some commonly prescribed antibiotics for free with a prescription.”

    So, when the latest, deadliest strain of MRSA hits the populace, we know who to blame…

    Meijer: contributing to the death of civilization, one free pill at a time.

  16. RandoX says:

    This is a step in the right direction, but what I really need is a 90-day supply of ammunition for $10.

  17. llcooljabe says:

    Where are all the wal mart haters on this one?

  18. crapple says:

    @blackmage439: Because no one really NEEDS medicine right?

    And Meijer has a lot of good street cred…I’ve missed them so since I left West Michigan. I just wish they’d build one in Atlanta.

  19. madanthony says:

    @blackmage439:

    Huh? Yes, they are offering it for free, but it still requires a prescription.

    If doctors are prescribing an antibiotic when it isn’t needed, that’s contributing to resistant strains. But the problem lies with doctors – it seems pretty silly to argue that drugstores should make sure antibiotics are unfordable so that people with legitimate prescriptions can’t get them in order to reduce the chances of resistant strain.

  20. amyschiff says:

    I’m a Wal-Mart hater, mostly because I have family members who have worked at kmart for over 30 years… but also because I love Meijer. And since I am back to an area where there are Meijer stores, I say pfft to Wal Mart

  21. mike says:

    No one goes to Walmart because of their spectacular customer service.

    You go to Walmart because of their prices.

  22. @dtmoore: Of course, this seems to be at odds with the goals of Big Pharma, which are to get you wanting the newest drugs out there. Zoloft? That’s so last decade; try this new pill; it’ll make you happier…uh…maybe. $180/month.

  23. SweetBearCub says:

    For those in the southern states that could use a bit of help with prescription costs, don;t forget that Publix also offers several antibiotics for free with a prescription.

    [www.publix.com]

  24. Lambasted says:

    Kudos to Walmart!! It’s probably the one company willing to stick it to the suppliers so consumers can catch a break.

    I haven’t shopped at Walmart in a while because even though Target is more expensive, it is so much more peaceful. Bright, wide aisles. Almost library quiet. It’s like an unwritten expectation that you walk in and shut up. No kids running around screaming and playing in the aisles.

    But prices are going to drive me back to Walmart, irritating kids and all. I’ve got to cut costs where I can when it costs $70 to fill my gas tank.

  25. Rbastid says:

    @searonson

    Headline:

    “Millions find false fault in Walmart helping out, Claim they offer cheap drugs and substitute them with pills to brain wash you.”

    People seem to hate on Walmart just because they are a big, helpful to a point company. People bitch that they drive out Mom and Pop shops but then in the next breath bitch at the prices of things. While nice little homegrown stores are cool to have, those people tend to jack up prices, screw people over and then put on a fake smile when they see you.

  26. HeartBurnKid says:

    This is the only good thing that Walmart has ever done.

  27. skeleem_skalarm says:

    I get some of my prescriptions at KM and some at WM, because WM limits the amount of a medication you may have for these prices. For example, I take two of a certain medication twice a day, sometimes three times a day. A ninety-day supply (540 pills, just in case) costs me $15 at KM, but WM wants to charge me extra because they only allow me to have the two-pill dosage once a day. Also, WM (at least the ones in my area) really doesn’t have their stuff together when it comes to ordering a refill for a prescription you had filled at a different WM. I’ve had to wait for 48+ hours at times to get a refill from WM, then an additional one and one-half hours in store. KM has no problem if I refill a drug at one KM location when I filled it at another.