Walmart: Program broadens access to affordable prescriptions for all Wisconsin residents


Lisa Nelson


Susie Falk, for Walmart


Retailer offers 90-day prescription supply for $10 via free mail delivery in Wisconsin

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 18, 2009 – Walmart (NYSE:WMT) announced that in Wisconsin it will offer a 90-day supply of 300 generic prescriptions, each for $10* via free mail delivery. From Kenosha to Ashland to River Falls to Green Bay, Wisconsinites across the state will be able to take advantage of this affordable pharmacy program from Walmart by calling 1-800-2REFILL. Additionally, Walmart’s free mail delivery program has no gimmicks, no memberships and no enrollment fees. This announcement signals Walmart’s commitment to help customers save money on prescriptions regardless of whether or not they live close to a Walmart pharmacy location.

“When we launched our $4 generic prescription program, it not only changed the pharmacy landscape nationally, but it also had a clear and positive impact on the health of customers in Wisconsin,” said Joel Anderson, market manager for Walmart. “Through this program our customers in Wisconsin were finally able to significantly save on the medications they needed. So we asked ourselves ‘what more can we do?’ and vowed to continue looking for opportunities that would bring greater value and convenience to our customers. Our $10 mail delivery prescription program is a reflection of Walmart’s commitment to drive unnecessary costs out of the health care system so Wisconsinites can live healthier, better lives. Now regardless of whether customers in Wisconsin have a Walmart pharmacy in their local community or not, we can help save them money.”

In addition to approximately 300 generic prescriptions for $10 each, Walmart’s mail delivery service provides access to more than 3,000 other affordable brand and generic prescriptions with free mail delivery, making it convenient for Wisconsinites to fill all their prescriptions via one simple and affordable location, especially if they don’t live near a Walmart store or Sam’s Club pharmacy.

This initiative builds on the successful $4 prescription program which to date has save customers more than $2 billion on their prescription, including more than $28.9 million in Wisconsin. The company expects this savings number to continue to grow with the addition of this program.

“Americans deserve access to quality, affordable health care and medications, yet some families in Wisconsin today aren’t filling prescriptions because of high costs or lack of health insurance,” said Dr. John Agwunobi, senior vice president and president of Walmart’s health and wellness division. “Walmart strives to find innovative new pharmacy solutions that better serve all of our customers’ needs, which is why we’re so excited to offer this program to Wisconsin residents. For the first time, we’re able to provide our customers in Wisconsin with more affordable prescription medicines through a convenient mail delivery system.”

Access to affordable medications has become an increasingly important part of the national health care reform discussion in recent years as the costs of care continue to increase. These increased costs are particularly concerning to Wisconsin’s more than 350,000 uninsured residents** who are forced to pay all out-of-pocket for all their medication expenses.

For further information on the program, customers can call 1-800-2REFILL or visit

* For a complete list of eligible prescriptions please visit

** According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ 2007 Wisconsin Health Insurance Coverage Report

About Walmart

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