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Dreaming of Kenny’s, but I’ll settle with Walmart

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riteaidEvery time we go into Rite-Aid anymore to get a prescription filled or refilled it becomes this big dramatic hassle. I wax fondly of the days of Kenny’s Drug Store and the always fast and efficient service of Carrol Barrett. It seems the days of really caring for folks ended when they closed their door.

My wife and I take care of my elderly mother. She has been on the same meds for years. Dr. Sahorlta writes the scripts and sends them by fax to Rite-Aid. They never, ever, ever get it right. They are always late in getting the prescription done and often force us to contact the doctor to reissue a duplicate script. The prices they charge are unreasonable. That is why we are thinking about going to Walmart or mailorder pharmacies to both save money and prevent me from going postal.

Medical News: ADA: Wal-Mart, Mail-Order Pharmacies Top Affordable Drug List – in Meeting Coverage, ADA from MedPage Today

NEW ORLEANS, June 9 — Diabetes patients who shop for the best prices on prescription drugs at mail-order retailers and big-box discounters may save thousands of dollars a year, researchers found.

In an analysis of pricing data obtained from state attorneys general, Medco by Mail and Wal-Mart were the least expensive, while neighborhood and chain pharmacies generally charged the most, Clifton M. Jackness, M.D., and Ronald Tamler, M.D., Ph.D., both of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, N.Y., reported.

We can’t be the only ones in town that are bothered by the inefficiency and down right rudeness of some that stand behind the drug counter at our local Rite-Aid. We surely are not the only ones that think that they never get it right the first time and over charge the hell out of us all.

One of the things that drive me up a wall is when they tell you, “you can pick up your prescription in 2 hours.”  You make arraignments to cover all your bases, jump in the car drive down to Rite-Aid 2 1/2 hours later and they tell you that the order has not been filled or even worse they need to call the doctor to confirm some minor detail. You end up pulling your hair out to prevent causing a scene.

Just because we live at the end of the road per say, does not mean that we have to put up with poor service and paying out the nose.

Walmart.com: Hundreds of Prescription Drugs and Over-The-Counter Medications for Just $4 at the Walmart Pharmacy

Walmart is committed to affordable health care, and our $4 Prescriptions Program has truly helped our customers save money and live better. In fact, with hundreds of prescription drugs and more than 1,000 over-the-counter medications at only $4 per 30-day supply, our customers have already saved over $1 billion.

wmlogoBoth my wife and I have a health care plan. I’m a Vet so I use the Veterans Administration health care system. I thank God every day that I stood tall in my youth and served my Country and appreciate that my Country now pays me back for that service. My wife on the other hand, gets her insurance through her work.

My wife like most people our age has a little problem with her cholesterol and is on a statin medicine to  control it. The insurance company has a cap on the amount of money it will cover for drugs. We used to buy her medicine at Rite-Aid. She would have to kick in an additional $35 a month beyond the deductible to pay for the medicine. Every year about August or September she would be told that her drug benefit had maxed out and that we would have to bear the cost ourselves until the new year. This would kick our financial ass. Finally we had to do something.

Last year I jumped up on the Walmart website and found they have a $4, yes, a four dollar prescription plan covering “hundreds of prescription drugs.” My wife checked with her doctor and he wrote her a new prescription for one of the covered statin medicines on the Walmart list.

What was costing our insurance company and us a couple of thousand dollars a year now costs us $48 total per year. Just to let you know we pay the $48 ourselves as it seems the insurance company can use that money to cover some other poor son of a bitch who is stuck going to Rite-Aid.

We are seriously thinking of  moving all our families prescriptions to Walmart as they are fast, efficient, helpful and above all friendly. You don’t feel like you are interrupting the assholes in the back room’s break time.

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  1. fred fred says:

    Don’t worry,if the dems get their way, it will cost even more!

    PS. Sounds like a great deal at Wal-Mart, but if you switch to them you will just be helping that giant company that screws all those people it forces to work there.

  2. Give it a break, Freds. The last Administration was the biggest monster of them all.

    Wizard, Dan, thanks for the heads up. If I need pharms, I go to Wall*Mart.

    Speaking of which, I bought a package of Wall*Mart men’s Skivvies a few days ago. Made in China, of course. They were of such poor quality (must of been 20 threads per sq. inch.)I returned the package of four, missing the pair I wore. Well they wanted the other pair. The customer relations lady said, “Oh,I almost overlooked it but this is a package of four, but there is one missing.”

    I said, “Yes, but I’ve worn the one pair!’ Customer relations lady said, “You bought four you need to return four.” Said I, “You want me to return the pair that I’ve had on? Said she, “Yes we do. But you’ll but you need to wash them first.”

    I said, “But of course. But can’t you just take off a quarter of the cost?” “No,” she said, “we need the pair you had on.”

    I hope no one gets that pair I returned. Sure, I washed them. It not that I’m unclean or anything like that. But who wants to wear my used skivvies? I know what you’re think… My used skivvies were shipped off somewhere who know where.

    Maybe, maybe not… . Just a friendly hint: don’t ever buy skivvies if the wrapping seal has been torn open. I’ve seen men’s underwear in the packages that were (yes) ripped open and taped back up.

    Who knows if somebody worn them, or worse yet, wore them and repackaged them without washing them. And maybe they aren’t as clean as I am. I’ll bet my dirty but washed skivvies are back on the shelves with tape over the ripped package. Anyway, they’re black cotton mid-length briefs. Don’t buy any like that if the package is resealed.

    You go to be careful these day… . I remember the good old days back in the ’70 when you bought something from China, it was of the best possible quality; it lasted and was well manufactured. A throw back from Mao where planned obsolescence was, well, a criminal act. Screw up back then and they sent you to the pig farms. No kidding.

    Now days, those industrialist commies are as bad as we are when it comes to screwing someone for a buck.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Now I buy all my ass gaskets from Wal-Mart and have never had a problem. But then as I get older I have less of an ass to cover. I seem to be developing the Bull Frog Syndrome. Large gut no ass. Pretty soon I’ll be able to wear… Butt floss and still cover both cheeks. Caution: The visual of the above can cause instant blindness and the fatal inability to catch ones breath while rolling in laughter.

    • michaelv michaelv says:

      Dan, just an FYI. my insurance company uses http://www.escripts.com and I have been really pleased with the service. My $8.00 co-pay that was for a 30 day is now for a 90 day.
      And I hate to say this but where I am presently living, the Rite Aid has great service. Get told your script will be ready in 2 hours and it is ready. While in 29, I hired and released numerous “employees”. I found that for every one that actually wanted to work and learn something, I had to go through 5 or 6 first. We have all said this at one time or another, the exodus of good talent is slowly moving away or through friends and family getting a job on base or for the city/ water district. etc.

      • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

        Michaelv, Just another of Dan’s “Same old story..different year” This one’s from 2009 also.

        • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

          Larry did you read michaelv’s comment? He was able to launch a very cogent comment off that old story. I believe his theory is Rite Aide is great, it’s the employees that make the difference. I would have to agree.

          Sometimes the old stories still have legs…. this one does.

  4. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    You are running out of new news. That’s my point. BTW I get my meds at Rite Aide also and the service is great.

  5. michaelv michaelv says:

    Everyone has their own perspective on what “Great” service is. That is all I can say

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