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Another one bites the dust!

December 10th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I refilled a prescription yesterday, but not at the old independently-owned pharmacy that I used to go to. Why? Because they closed last month and all the staff is working at a new Walgreens pharmacy in our town. Still the same nice people, but not the same nice price. Instead of $17.57, I paid $25.99. This is an out of pocket price, with a discount Rx card. I don't have insurance for prescriptions, and this isn't one that could be a $4 generic at Walmart. I thought it might be a little higher just because it was Walgreens, but that's quite a price hike.

I did get a $25 gift card for transferring the prescription, even if it wasn't my choice to transfer. So that makes me feel a little better. I guess they decided there was too much at stake to try to compete against Wags, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. With higher prices, I don't think they would have had much to worry about!

So...a lesson for all. Don't assume a national chain can beat an independent store's pricing.

4 Responses to “Another one bites the dust!”

  1. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I love my local pharmacy! One prescription was over 100%(yes 100%!) less at the local pharmacy than CVS!!!

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    everythings going up. It's all going up up up. My gym went out of business- the staff moved to a new gym that now wants another $20 a month to be a member. sigh.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    North Georgia Gal - 100% less would mean it was free. I'm guessing that isn't what you meant to say.

    Lizajane - Even if your med isn't on the $4 list, I would still call Walmart for a price. They are cheaper on many meds, not just the cheap generics.

  4. Ms. Pearl Says:

    I frequent our locally owned pharmacy. Sometimes I end up paying more than I would at Walmart but I like that I am supporting a local business.They are also a lot quicker and they know me and all my extended family. I still think Walmart lacks ethics in how they treat their employees...I have friends who work at Walmart. Now, I do shop at Walmart, just try to avoid it as much as possible.

    Also, the pharmacist at our Walmart is very rude and a cashier got arrested and fired this summer for jumping across the counter at a woman, pulling her hair and knocking her child to the ground in the process.

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