Posted by: Scott | Monday, November 27, 2006

$4 Generics Nationwide before 2007!

So Wal-Mart has taken the lead on reforming healthcare in this country. Of course the company that the Dems love to hate is really going to get under their skin now. It was announced today that the remaining states to be enrolled in the $4 generic prescription program will be participating starting tomorrow, Nov. 28 (emphasis added):

With the announcement, the expanded $4 generic prescription program will now be available in an additional 811 stores throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Though it kicked off the program in Florida in September, with intentions to spread outside the state in January 2007, Wal-Mart said customer demand led it to accelerate the rollout of the program – now available in all of its 3,810 pharmacies.

The program provides 30-day supplies of 331 generic prescriptions with or without insurance. North Dakota is exempt from the program because the pharmicies there are not run by Wal-Mart. Of the program, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott said:

…we never imagined that in addition to our 3,800 pharmacies, thousands of others would join us in bringing more affordable medicines to our nation’s seniors, working families and the uninsured. We are proud to have introduced competition to an area where it has been too scarce for too long, and we hope others will continue to join us in making prescription medicines more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

There you go; people working together to make prescriptions affordable, not because of a government mandate, but because of free enterprise and capitalism. It’s the American way!

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Responses

  1. Hmmm.

    This is interesting. Is this to also help WalMart employees because of the lack of benefits they provide to their own? (sarcastic)

    I have a major beef with WalMart on that because several of my friends have been royally shafted for benefits. Like where they are, they are required to work 52 weeks of full time hours to receive benefits of any kind. On the 51st week, they were dropped to part time for a week and then told that they had to work another 52 consecutive weeks to receive benefits.

    Most companies have benefits start within 30 to 90 days of employment.

    I am totally in favor of the drug thing though. That pretty much rocks.

  2. Matthew,

    I can’t speak for what happened to your friends, other than to offer my condolences.

    Wal-Mart’s benefits program has undergone some change in the past year or so; some of it good, some of it could be better, but they (the excecs) are the ones that decide. Either way, you can’t make everyone happy about every decision every time.

    On a positive side note, this week’s pay will not have the medical insurance and dental premiums taken out due to lack of claims filed 🙂


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