Ask The Consumerists: Should Everyone Take Advantage Of $4 Generics?

Ask The Consumerists: Should Everyone Take Advantage Of $4 Generics?

Back in April, reader B. e-mailed the Consumerist tipline about a change to his health insurance plan’s prescription drug schedule. It raised a drug that he’s taken for years, the generic version of Prozac, to a different schedule—more than tripling B.’s co-pay, from $8 to $25.

Costco Fixes Customer's Botched Electronic Prescription

Costco Fixes Customer's Botched Electronic Prescription

If you get your prescriptions filled electronically, always double-check the dosage. Kimberly’s prescription was recently screwed up somewhere between the physician filling out the order online and Costco’s pharmacist receiving it. Luckily for her, the Costco pharmacist was incredibly helpful and fixed the problem for her, so Kimberly didn’t have to waste her copay or deal with the issue on her own. He also explained, however, that the current state of electronic prescriptions is a big mess.

Walgreens Pharmacist Sends Hand Written Thank You Note To Customer

Walgreens Pharmacist Sends Hand Written Thank You Note To Customer

Whether it’s rational or not, there’s something very satisfying when your pharmacist acknowledges you personally—it makes you feel like this expert you’re placing such trust in takes the job, and you, seriously. In our experience it’s a rare thing to see from pharmacists at chain drugstores, but Mike just had a great encounter with his Walgreens pharmacist when he moved to a new town.

CVS Gave Me The Wrong Pills! Is This Common?

CVS Gave Me The Wrong Pills! Is This Common?

Reader Pattie got the wrong pills from CVS and luckily, she noticed before taking them. She has no idea what they were, but is wondering if this sort of mistake is common.

Stop Whining About Hurricane Ike, You're Scheduled To Work At Walgreens

Stop Whining About Hurricane Ike, You're Scheduled To Work At Walgreens

Nearly all of Houston has no power and most has no water. Even though my upstairs ceiling caved in, my manager at Walgreens said “you’re scheduled to work and are expected to be here.”

CVS Employee Calls Customer A 'Fucking AIDS Freak'

CVS Employee Calls Customer A 'Fucking AIDS Freak'

His response was “Whatever, somebody needs to come deal with this because I’m about to go off…”

Could Generic Drugs Be Even Cheaper Without The Middle Man?

Could Generic Drugs Be Even Cheaper Without The Middle Man?

The WSJ Health Blog says that pharmacy benefit managers are marking up the amount they charge your insurance company for generic drugs and keeping the difference. Often the mark-up isn’t too severe, but the WSJ has one example where the difference was over a hundred dollars.

New "Pro-Life" Pharmacies Won't Sell You Birth Control

New "Pro-Life" Pharmacies Won't Sell You Birth Control

Putting their own beliefs ahead their customers’, the DMC Pharmacy, scheduled to open in Chantilly, VA., is among a growing number of “pro-life” pharmacies that will not sell any form of contraception. According to the Washington Post, the pharmacy, an expansion of Divine Mercy Care, asserts a “right of conscience” which means they won’t provide any services or products that they find objectionable. Details, inside…

Walgreens Pill-Flipping Scheme Costs Taxpayers Millions

Walgreens Pill-Flipping Scheme Costs Taxpayers Millions

Thanks to an anonymous whistle-blower, a Walgreens pill-flipping scheme has been blown wide open, according to CBS. “Pill-flipping” refers the practice of pharmacies that purposefully switch Medicaid patients to more expensive versions of certain drugs for the sole reason of collecting more money from the government. Naturally, when this happens, taxpayers pick up the bill. Athough, Walgreen’s officially denies any wrongdoing they have agreed to pay the government more than $35 million. Details, inside…

The Battle Of The Biggest Killer: Prescription Drugs V. Illegal Drugs

The Battle Of The Biggest Killer: Prescription Drugs V. Illegal Drugs

So, Florida is apparently plagued by addicted prescription-poppers and not the pot-addled deviants targeted by our government’s so-called “War on Drugs.” A new report shows that prescription drugs killed three-times more Floridians than illegal drugs, and not because old people can’t follow doctor’s orders. Addictive prescriptions like Vicodin, OxyContin, Valium and Xanax killed more users than all illegal drugs combined.

CVS In Pennsylvania Keeps Pharmacy Supplies At Toasty 93 Degrees

CVS In Pennsylvania Keeps Pharmacy Supplies At Toasty 93 Degrees

A CVS in Cressona, PA has had chronic air conditioning problems “for over a year and a half now” according to the employee our tipster spoke with. Now Frank wants to know whether or not it’s safe to store so much medicine in such intense heat. It certainly goes against the storage instructions for a lot of meds.

CVS Refuses Foreign ID To Buy "Plan B" Birth Control

CVS Refuses Foreign ID To Buy "Plan B" Birth Control

Reader John and his friend Michelle found themselves in a situation where they needed to get “Plan B” birth control, also known as “the morning after pill.” They went to their local CVS in Hawthorne, CA. and met an uncooperative pharmacist who refused them access to the pills because Michelle only had foreign ID to prove she is of legal age. (18+) The pharmacist also refused John’s state issued ID with the reason that it could not be sold to man, however, the FDA’s website clearly says that Plan B can be sold OTC to a man or woman who is 18 or over. Find out what happened to John and Michelle, inside….

CVS Apologizes For Horrific Customer Service

CVS Apologizes For Horrific Customer Service

Rachael writes in with an update about her complaint with CVS.

Rite Aid District Manager Successfully Handles A Customer Complaint

Rite Aid District Manager Successfully Handles A Customer Complaint

With all the customer service horror stories we post, you’d think businesses in the United States have lost the ability to treat their customers with respect—and by and large, you’d be right.

FDA Might Create A "Behind-The-Counter" Drug Category

FDA Might Create A "Behind-The-Counter" Drug Category

Next Month, the FDA will hold a public meeting to discuss whether or not they should allow certain drugs to be sold “behind-the-counter”—that is, after consultation with a pharmacist, but without the need for a prescription. If they move ahead with the plan, a new BTC category will be created, although what drugs will fall under it have not been determined.

Walmart Adds More Drugs To The $4 Program, You Can Now Control Your Fungus For Cheap

Walmart Adds More Drugs To The $4 Program, You Can Now Control Your Fungus For Cheap

The New York Times is reporting that Walmart has decided to expand their $4 generic drug program. The program will now include generics of “widely used heart medication Coreg and the anti-fungal drug Lamisil.”

San Francisco Modifies The Age-Old Question: Paper Or Plastic?

San Francisco Modifies The Age-Old Question: Paper Or Plastic?

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags; supermarkets across the city will retrain their employees to ask: paper or biodegradable plastic?

The Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance, written by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Co., sponsored by six other supervisors, gives major supermarket chains with more than $2 million in annual sales six months to make the switch to biodegradable bags. Pharmacies and retailers with at least five locations have one year. Violators face fines of up to $500.

Supermarkets have let economics guide their choice between paper and plastic. Paper bags cost four cents, while plastic bags cost a penny. The largest San Francisco supermarket hands out 125 million plastic bags each year.

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