Archive for the 'Prescription Plans' Category

PRESIDENT BUSH’S BELATED GIFT TO WALMART…

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Remember back in 2003 when then President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that the Republican Congress passed knowing it would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt? Don’t worry, the teabaggers don’t remember either. The bill created the horribly expensive Medicare Part D prescription plan and guess who now, […]

HOW ABOUT AT THE OTHER END, WALMART…?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A great deal has been written in the news over the past week about Walmart’s decision to ship, postage-free, it’s stock of $4 drugs, a good idea. But a follow-up story suggests that Walmart ought to think about mailing its drugs to the stores first. From The Salt Lake Tribune: As Utah and other states […]

FINALLY, DEVELOPMENTS ON DIEGO JIMENEZ…

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Remember the tale of Diego Jimenez, the drug courier delivering your $4 medications to Walmart? Even though I’ve been taking some personal time, my computer has been tracking stories of interest, including the events in Cedar City, Utah. From The Salt Lake Tribune: In April 2008, Diego Jimenez pleaded guilty to selling marijuana. One year […]

As if employee morale at Walmart wasn’t bad enough already.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Socialized medicine better come really soon or a lot of Walmart workers are going to have shorter lives. From BNet Pharma: Walmart today axed half the branded drugs it covers in an employee health benefit plan, according to a letter leaked to BNET. Previously, Walmart’s health benefits covered about 260 brand name drugs — from […]

JUST HOW DO YOU GET THOSE LOW PRICES…?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Just as we have a reasonable expectation that the driver in the car approaching us at 50 mph is not going to suddenly swerve into our lane and cause a 100 mph head-on collision, so too do we expect our medicines will not harm us if we take them as we are told to. We […]

WALMART DISCOUNTS SCHEDULE II DRUG…

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Did you know that Walmart has a secret list of medications on its infamous $4 list? Me neither. But it appears, for now, that only one drug — methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin — is on the list. Why is that? Jacob Milbradt speculates: After calling numerous Wal-Mart Pharmacies regarding this subject, it’s clear to […]

AH, THOSE $4 PRESCRIPTIONS… [UPDATE 1]

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

All too often I slack in my duties to tell, as Paul Harvey put it, the rest of the story. There’s so much to talk about when it comes to Walmart, I find it difficult to stay on top of developing stories. But then there are stories just so feckin’ weird, you can’t turn away. […]

AH, THOSE $4 PRESCRIPTIONS…

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’ve been holding off for a couple of days on the bizarre story of drugs found at a traffic stop in Cedar City, Utah, hoping that something about the tale would make sense or those involved would be revealed to be common thugs lying through their teeth. Neither, so far, has happened. Al Norman writes: […]

WALMART BARGAINING FOR DRUGS…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The last time Congress dealt with prices for prescription drugs it infamously prohibited the Federal government from bargaining for a best-price, tying both arms and leg behind Medicaid and Medicare when dealing with drug companies. Walmart has no such handicaps. From the Northwest Arkansas Morning News: Pharmacy benefit managers could soon find themselves contending with […]

$4 drugs at Wal-Mart: The other shoe drops.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

I’m currently kicking myself for not figuring this out earlier. From an absolute must-read-the-whole-thing by Al Norman at the Huffington Post: Beginning January 1, 2006, the entire drug importation issue changed dramatically with the implementation of Medicare Part D by Congress. Talk of Canadian imports all but disappeared from the media. Within 9 months of […]

What’s happened to Michael Barbaro?

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The NY Times’ Michael Barbaro has been one of the most clear sighted reporters on Walmart for a number of years, but he seems to have been co-opted of late. This is from his report on the Walmart annual love fest meeting. Smiles All Around at Wal-Mart’s Annual Meeting Like its stock price, Wal-Mart’s image […]

WHY THE RIGHT WRONG LOVES WAL-MART…

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I wrote earlier about the big whoop of Wal-Mart’s latest permutation of its prescription drug plan, but this morning I spent some time on Right Wrong Wing News reading blogger John Hawkins’ take on the plan and the 150 comments his post has attracted. John makes a persuasive case from his personal perspective: Early last […]

WAL-MART SAVES YOU $8 A YEAR…

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Jonathan posted yesterday about, and the news wires are all a twitter over, Wal-Mart’s latest prescription drugs program. In September 2006 it trumpeted its $4, 30-day prescription drug program. Now it wants people to rejoice over a $10, 90-day program. So instead of paying $48 per year per prescription for your medications, you’ll now be […]

Deja-vu.

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Wal-Mart lowers prescription drug prices. Again. I have this terrible feeling of deja-vu:

WHAT $4 GETS YOU AT WAL-MART’S PHARMACY…

Monday, April 21st, 2008

The $4 prescription meme has pretty much died away as a gimmick to get Wal-Mart good press and consumers have figured out the exclusions involved. But blogger David Lindner discovered that price ain’t shit if you can’t get a clerk to sell you what you want. We’ve decided to use a different pharmacy. Since we […]