October 19, 2006 -- Posted at 4:45 p.m. CST
Jonesboro, AR -- You now can get over 314 generic drugs for only $4 at Wal-Mart. After success with the program in Tampa, FL, Wal-Mart decided to expanded the program to 14 more states.
The program rolled out in Arkansas today and customers were in for a suprise as they picked up their normally expensive medications.
"I didn't know anything about it. Only four dollars? How many times can I use it?"
Virgil Hooker said he was just needing to pick up a few medications and lucked out by getting them today and not yesterday.
The program allows for a 30 day supply (one month) for $4, as long as it's on the list. But you don't have to worry about searching through difficult names, the pharmacist will do it for you.
"They usually spend $15 co-pays with insurance, or $50 cash, but now it's just $4. And we're here to help them out. When they check out it automatically comes up as $4 if it's on the list.
Two people we spoke with found almost all of their medications on the list. Something they haven't seen in awhile.
"Back before we were using Humana, we were paying $300 or more a month on medications, my wife and I. But after we got Humana, we were paying about half to a fourth of that. But it was still too much."
But not everyone is excited about the $4 prescription program from Wal-Mart. Walgreens issued a statement saying, "Wal-Mart's limited price promotion is in response to the incresing number of seniors choosing Walgreens for their pharmacy needs. Therefore, Walgreens will not match Wal-Mart's promotion. Once consumers learn the fine print of Wal-Mart's program, they'll realize Walgreens offers the best value for pharmacy patients with its convenient locations, close-in parking and unique pharmacy services."
See your Wal-Mart pharmacist for a complete list of all medications covered under the new program.