There is a prominent sign in the local Hannaford pharmacy that says they will match any local competitors prescription prices.
Has anyone asked Hannaford for the $4 price?
Sign says no~~~~ They didn't in Windham.
[quote="Bob MacGregor"]There is a prominent sign in the local Hannaford pharmacy that says they will match any local competitors prescription prices.
Has anyone asked Hannaford for the $4 price?[/quote]
The KEY words are LOCAL COMPETITORS, Bob... No LOCAL competition in Belfast no lower prices. Maybe I should lease a 14 passenger van and offer shopping trips to Walmart for a fee... :wink: :lol:
In much of the world, the first stop for sick people seeking to get well is the community pharmacy.
In Switzerland, the pharmacies are staffed by people with advanced training and remarkable computers with diagnostic software, often developed by Swiss drug companies.
Most people past the age of 50, are well versed in their chronic conditions....sinusitus, a touch of gout, and been to ENT's and internists; so when you get an attack you either have meds or you don't.
But when you're in a Swiss resort town(VILLARS), that doesn't even have doctors but a well staffed drug store-the clinic is in the valley and appts. aren't easy to come by; you do what the very healthy Swiss do, you visit the pharmacy and let the pharmacists treat you.
They prescribed drugs I never even heard of. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't take them-but this is Switzerland, the heart of the pharmaceutical industry and inventor of many drugs. So not only was the range of drugs wider, but their understanding of how they work and the full range of drug interactions much better.
Not only did I participate in the computer assisted diagnosis with the pharmacists, but was told if any unanticipated side effects came up, to come to the store immediately. I got a systemic drug that was slow acting but effective.
Remember they sold me the drug and threw in the diagnostics for free. Use this model and watch the price of health care drop like a rock, as informed buyers go to a drug store and consult a pharmacist about the most effective remedy for their known condition.
By using this model and encouraging WALMART to lobby for delegating greater power to their pharmacists; we may be able to reduce the cost of health care and improve it's effectiveness.
There are two other pharmacies in Belfast, Earl, to compete with Hannaford. As for Wal-Mart, I can make the drive every 90 days if need be.
I wonder if you can do the prescription online, and get mail delivery, and still get the same $4 price. Might pay to ask. Postage vs. gas might be about the same, not to mention the hours it would give you for something else.
[quote="Bob MacGregor"]There are two other pharmacies in Belfast, Earl, to compete with Hannaford. As for Wal-Mart, I can make the drive every 90 days if need be.[/quote]
I meant no LOCAL Walmart for competition. I should've been more clear but we were discussing Walmart afterall. :roll: Can I count on you as a passenger on my Walmart Bus. :wink: Maybe Belfast will include pick up points around town for The Walmart Bus in their map that's gonna solve Befast's shopping problems.. :wink: :lol:
One would think the Governor, Tom Allen and the entire Democrat Party being so concerned about prescription costs would be hailng WalMart's decision to include Maine intheir $4 program.
Or do they have other objectives like bigger government voter base?
Natan, I noticed a sign in Target pharmacy stating mail service available.
Didn't think to ask on $4 rxs.? They also offer automatic refill and notification on rxs.
[size=24]Wal-Mart shows what feds & Baldez could do about drugs [/size]
Wal-Mart, the much-pilloried giant, is reaching out to the poor, the sick and to those of us who are yearning to be free of high drug prices.
The decision by the discount megastore to sell 143 generic drugs at $4 for up to a 30-day supply is overwhelmingly good news for consumers, particularly the elderly who too often have to decide whether to buy drugs, heat their homes or eat proper meals.
Wal-Mart Offers New Drug Discounts
Company Claims $1 Billion Savings For Customers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart is expanding its discount prescription drug program to offer a 90-day supply for $10.
It's also adding several women's medications and cutting the price on more than 1,000 over-the-counter drugs.
This means the world's largest retailer is now filling prescriptions for up to 350 generic drugs for $10 for a three-month supply.
Wow!!! This is truly a benefit to so many people. Incredible.
I use it. It works great. Now I save $2 more bucks every 3 months. I'll be buying a thistle feeder and thistle seed while waiting the 15 minutes to refill. Nice.