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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:26 PM

I hate Walmart as much as most people here,

and I am not that fond of CVS or Walgreens either.

However, I have a question. I just lost my insurance, which paid quite a bit toward my prescriptions. I will be in the state pool as soon as everything goes through, but I have a $5,000.00 deductible. I am told that some of the above pharmacies, Walmart in particular, have a $4.00 per prescription plan. Does anyone here have experience with any of these plans?

I am not asking for medical advice. My doctor does just fine with that. I just don't care to go broke right now. I'm 64, and not eligible for Medicare until next August.

Of course, I can, and certainly will, call some of these places. I just want to know if any DUers have experience, good or bad.


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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:28 PM

1. Target has a similar program.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:31 PM

2. yes - I use it for one prescription - $4.00 per month or $10 for a 90 day supply

no complaints at all

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Response to DrDan (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:33 PM

3. Walmart??

Are there any requirements I should know about, such as age, income level, etc? Does my doc need to write a new scrip?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:04 PM

8. yes - Walmart

I would assume it could be transferred if still valid.

There are only certain prescriptions that are at that price. Better see if yours is one of them before you transfer the prescription.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:34 PM

4. When a friend without insurance needed a perscription that was over 200 a month

I found that Costco had a program that provided drugs much cheaper than all other companies around. It was closer to 20 a month and saved her because the alternative was to not take the drug.

You do not have to be a member of Costco to order a prescription through them.

My local shoprite provides most generic antibiotics for free.

you can compare drug prices here
compare drugs

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:36 PM

5. If you shop around,

you can find generic drugs at cheaper prices than with a prescription drug plan. Because my regular pharmacy was closed for a week due to Hurricane Sandy, I had to get my bp medicine at a local food store pharmacy (not Walmart). Their over-the-counter price (without drug plan) was $4 cheaper than what I've been paying with a drug plan at the other pharmacy.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:20 PM

6. I'm not sure if this is what you are asking,

but it depends on the medication you are getting. For example, I get simvastatin for $4 at my grocery store pharmacy, and Wal Mart and others have it for the same price. Not every drug costs $4, only a select few.

You don't need to join a program per se, you just take in your prescription and if that's on the list of $4 prescriptions, that's what you pay.

I take another medication that costs $1800/month. There's no way in the world I could afford to pay that and Wal Mart isn't going to give it to me for $4 so I had to get on a state plan to pay for it.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:27 PM

7. Yup they do. Not on all meds though. Kroeger also has the $4 plan..

My wife is on a number of medications. We go to different places to get them. We get her $4 meds at Kroeger, we get something called Gavapentin at Costco as they are the cheapest ($50 a month) for that, and we get her Insulin at Wal-Mart as they are $24 a month instead of $70 at Costco or Kroeger.

Call around and get prices, it's really the only way to do it.

And screw anyone who gives you crap about shopping at Wal-Mart. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Anyone who isn't living "off the grid" is giving money somewhere down the line to some asshole of a corporation, don't let their self righteous Wal'Mart rants bother you.

Good luck!

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:20 PM

10. Your comment about doing what you have to do is dead on! I also like to think that I'm....

...helping Walmart employees keep their jobs by shopping there even if they don't get paid very much.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:14 PM

9. I'd ask all the pharmacies in the area about your particular prescriptions, not just the cheapest

plan. Sometimes there can be a huge difference in prices if your meds aren't in a particular plan.
And if you have a particularly pricey one, ask the pharmacist if there are any coupons or programs to help pay for it.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:21 PM

11. You might check which Pharma co. makes your meds.

Many of them offer their prescriptions at reduced rates, or for free, depending on your financial circumstances. Check their websites, you copy some forms, you fill them out, your doctor fills out the prescription page. Be sure to fill in every blank. Send them out, and you'll hear from them in a short time. you can also call them to check at their 800#. I receive 3 expensive medicines through Merck for free, with their program.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:25 PM

12. My wife gets some generic drugs from Walmart for very cheap.

No special requirements, just the prescription.

You can find a list of drugs here:http://www.walmart.com/cp/PI-4-Prescriptions/1078664

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:29 PM

13. Try Costco. No membership needed.

You do not need to be a member to utilize their pharmacy.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:34 PM

14. Some pharmacies will price match Wal-Mart's $4 prescriptions

You can print off a list of Wal-Mart's $4 prescriptions from their website and then call around to various other pharmacies near you to see if they will match Wal-Mart's price.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:38 PM

15. Call around to different pharmacies. My local grocery store pharmacy beat Walmart & Walgreens' price

My sister-in-law Looooves walmart and always brags about the prices. She was shocked when I told her how much I was saving by going with a local grocery store.

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