Every 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.
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 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.
Both 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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