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Wal-Mart pilots free mail delivery for generics
May 5th, 2009
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a program in which it will offer a 90-day supply of certain generic prescriptions for $10 via free mail delivery.
The pilot, which covers the state of Michigan, includes a selection of 300 generic drugs. The company said the program does not require a membership or an enrollment fee.
Wal-Mart added that the free mail delivery program also provides access to more than 3,000 other branded and generic prescription drugs. As a result, customers can fill all of their prescriptions through one program, which is particularly convenient if they do not live near a Wal-Mart store or Sam's Club pharmacy, the company noted.
The initiative expands the $4 prescription discount program that Wal-Mart launched in 2006. To date, that program has saved customers more than $2 billion dollars on their prescriptions, including more than $43 million in Michigan, according to the retailer.
"Our $10 mail delivery prescription pilot program is a reflection of Wal-Mart's commitment to drive unnecessary costs out of the health care system so Americans can live healthier, better lives," John Agwunobi, president of Wal-Mart's health and wellness division, said in a statement. "Now regardless of whether consumers in Michigan have a Wal-Mart pharmacy in their local community or not, we can help save them money."