It was very exciting news to hear that Wal-Mart decided to roll out a $4 generic drug plan. That should have been great news for many Americans who pay a premium for prescription drugs, especially for those individuals without health insurance or adequate coverage.
I decided to test out Wal-Mart’s new program after receiving a prescription from my doctor for a very common antibiotic. The antibiotic is called Augmentin. This is a very common drug which is used to treat infections such as sinus, etc. I figured surely this must be on the $4 generic drug list at Wal-Mart. I called the brand spanking new Wal-Mart near my home and asked the pharmacist if I could pick this up for $4 dollars. She checked the list and sure enough they did not offer that medication in the required dosage at $4.
Was this a surprise to me? No. So I asked the pharmacist about another prescription. Again, the answer was no. I have heard this same story from many people who also tried to fill the elusive $4 generic prescriptions at Wal-Mart with the same dismal results. “Sorry, it’s not on the list,” stated the pharmacy technician. Of course it’s not going to be on the list, Wal-Mart’s plan only covers 314 different prescriptions which is made up of only 143 drugs.
The whole $4 generic drug plan appears to be nothing more than a fantastic marketing gimmick by marketing executives at Wal-Mart which was used in an effort to lure elderly customers back away from Walgreens. Wal-Mart appears to be deceiving the American public by not disclosing the full details of their $4 generic drug plan. Their only intention is apparently to get you in the door, up sell you to the regular prescription price and have you shop throughout the store.
I would be amazed if any of my readers actually had a story about how they received a prescription from their doctor, went into a Wal-Mart and paid $4 for their prescription. If any of you have I would love to hear about. As of right now, I consider Wal-Mart’s $4 drug plan to be nothing more than a deceptive marketing tactic.
By the way, I went to Walgreens for my prescription.
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