I’m quick to admit I am not a fan of Wal-Mart. Whenever I enter the store, no matter what time of day, the place is a zoo. There are too many people, the merchandise is all over the floor, there aren’t enough cashiers, and everyone is rude.
I would this write this off as pertaining to the location of the store, but it has been the same in every Wal-Mart I have ever dared to shop. The poor experience for me isn’t worth the prices, which are sometimes lower than Target or the supermarket, but not often enough for me to risk being annoyed. (Also, there’s no Wal-Mart location that is convenient to me anymore.)
About a year ago, Wal-Mart announced the store would be offering generic prescription drugs at prices a fraction of what you can get in other pharmacies, and that caught my attention. This year, they are expanding the program.
They are offering a number of prescription drugs for $4 for a 30-day supply, while birth control products are $9. The store is considering offering the $4 drugs at a steeper discount for a 90-day supply, as well.
Generic drugs are almost always as effective as their name-brand equivalents. For someone who needs prescription drugs, this program, in which more than 300 generic prescription are included, could be a strong enough incentive to brave the aisles.
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Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published September 27, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.