WAL-MART BRINGS $4 GENERICS PROGRAM TO IDAHO Customer demand leads to $4 prescription program launching in 11 more states today;17 new prescriptions added to the programBENTONVILLE, Ark. - Nov. 16, 2006 - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) announced that its 20 pharmacies in Idaho will begin participating in Wal-Mart's $4 generic prescription program starting today. In addition, the company announced that it is adding 17 more prescriptions to the program.
"We've received an amazing amount of positive feedback from the millions of seniors,working families and uninsured who are already taking advantage of this program," saidWal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott. "We've added more medicines to our program sowe can extend these significant savings to even more Americans. No one should be deniedaccess to the medications they need, and this program is a big step in moving our customersand communities toward access to affordable medicines in Idaho."
Today's announcement brought 11 new states with a total of 502 pharmacies into the $4generics program. Along with Idaho, the new states are: Kentucky, Maine,Massachusetts, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Washingtonand West Virginia. The program kicked off in Florida in September, with plans to spreadoutside the state in January 2007. However, customer demand led Wal-Mart toaccelerate the rollout of the program, which is now available in 3,009 pharmacies in 38states.
In making the announcement, Bill Simon, executive vice president of Wal-Mart'sProfessional Services Division, said that the $4 generics program now includes 331generic prescriptions available for up to a 30-day supply at commonly prescribeddosages. According to www.rxlist.com, the list also includes 14 of the top 20 prescribedmedications in the United States. The list is made up of as many as 143 compounds in 26therapeutic categories.
Generic medicines generally cost between 30 percent and 60 percent less than equivalentbrand-name products, and Wal-Mart estimates that its list of $4 generic prescriptionsrepresents more than one in four of the prescriptions currently dispensed in itspharmacies nationwide. To date, as new states have been added to the program, 2.1million more new prescriptions have been filled in those states as compared to the sametime periods last year.
Simon said the customer response has been significant. He said that he has heardhundreds of stories from customers and pharmacists about the program's value. He alsonoted that many customers have greatly benefited from the savings.
"One of our Dallas-area pharmacists told me about a Hurricane Katrina evacuee whoneeded two medications costing $155 a month," Simon said. "But with his benefitsexhausted, no insurance, and no steady work, all he could get was $25 from a charity tohelp defray the costs. When our pharmacist discovered that one of his two medicationswas covered by the $4 program, he worked with the doctor to switch his other cholesterolmedication to a $4 alternative. This man went from not being able to afford hismedications to having $17 left over, which he used to buy diapers and some staplegroceries. Our pharmacist wrote, 'That doesn't sound like a great deal of money, but letme tell you, to someone that has mouths to feed and is worried about not getting theirmedication, it's huge!' This is just one of many instances that show me how we arechanging peoples' lives for the better."
Savings on top-selling prescription medications in the program are projected to besignificant. For specific medications, the company estimates the following approximatesavings to Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market and Sam's Club customers and members inthe 38 states in the program, based on September average retail prices fromwww.myfloridarx.com:
• Metformin (500 mg), a diabetes medication: about $1.3 million monthly and $16
million annually on this medication.
• Warfarin (5 mg), a medication to prevent blood clots: about $750,000 monthly
and $9 million annually on this medication.
Simon said that Wal-Mart will continue to push for expansion to other states as quicklyas possible. "We're moving this forward as quickly as possible, but we need to do it in away that doesn't hamper our ability to serve our customers," he said.
Generics contain the same high quality active ingredients as their brand-namecounterparts and are equally effective but cost significantly less. Consumers interested insaving money on prescriptions through the program should ask their doctor if a generic isavailable for their prescription and is right for them.
At this time, the $4 prescriptions are not available by mail order, but are available onlineor by telephone for refills only for in-person pickup in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona,Arkansas,Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine,Maryland,Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, RhodeIsland, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington andWest Virginia. For further information on the program, including store locations,customers can call 1-800-WAL-MART, go to www.walmart.com, or visit their Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market or Sam's Club in the 38 participating states to discuss theprogram with their pharmacist or pick up a brochure explaining program details.
In addition to offering the $4 generics program in 38 states, Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubpharmacies offer multiple benefits to consumers. With its proprietary interactivecomputersystem, Wal-Mart speeds up workflow and accuracy in product distribution, allowingpharmacists to spend more time with customers.
The company also designates one pharmacy associate per store to be a "Medicare Part Dexpert," who, in conjunction with its in-store informational kiosks, helps customersunderstand both the enrollment process and the benefits to which they are entitled. Thesesystems have enabled the retailer to help enroll 1,080,000 people for the Medicare Part Dprescription drug benefit, as of October 26, 2006. Wal-Mart pharmacies' sophisticatedcoordination of benefits services enables it to process up to four payors for Medicarebeneficiaries, and up to three payors for non-Medicare beneficiaries, leading to lessreimbursement hassle and paperwork for customers.
Wal-Mart has revolutionized the packaging of pharmaceuticals by offering safer, user-friendly blister packs that contain individual periodic doses of medications, along withdetails and easy-to-understand instructions for consumers. In addition, Wal-Mart offerslow pricing on over-the-counter cough, cold and fever medications. The companyestimates its customers will save approximately $20 million on cough, cold and fevermedications this cold and flu season. About Wal-Mart Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. The company also operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are listed on the New York and NYSE Area stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Wal-Mart/SAM'S CLUB $4 Generic Prescription Program
The following generic prescriptions are available under the Wal-Mart $4 genericprescription drug program, as of November 14, 2006. The price is available in selectstores only, and at up to a 30 day supply at commonly prescribed dosages. Theprescriptions on this list are subject to change at any time. Allergy Loratadine 10MG TAB Loratadine 5MG/5ML SYP Analgesics Antipy/Benzo Otic SOL Baclofen 10MG TAB Cyclobenzaprine 10MG TAB Cyclobenzaprine 5MG TAB Lidocaine 2% VISC SOL Tramadol HCL 50MG TAB Anti-anxiety Busiprone 5MG Busiprone 10 MG Anti-inflammatory Betameth DIP 0.05% CRE 15 Betameth DIP 0.05% CRE 45 Betameth VAL 0.1% CRE 15 Betameth VAL 0.1% CRE 45 Betameth VAL 0.1% OIN 15 Betameth VAL 0.1% OIN 45 Dexamethason 0.5MG TAB Dexamethason 0.75MG TAB Dexamethason 4MG TAB Diclotenac 75MG DR TAB Fluocinide ACET 0.01% SOL Fluocinonide 0.05% CRE 15 Fluocinonide 0.05% CRE 30 Hydrocortisone 1% CRE 30 Hydrocortisone 2.5% CRE 30 Hydrocortisone AC 25MG SUP Ibuprofen 100/5ML SUS Ibuprofen 400MG TAB Ibuprofen 600MG TAB Iburpofen 800MG TAB Indomethacin 25MG CAP Meloxicam 15MG Meloxicam 7.5 MG Methylprednisolone 4MG PAK Methylprednisolone 4MG TAB Naproxen 375MG TAB Naproxen 500MG TAB
Piroxicam 20MG CAPPrednisone 2.5MG TABPrednisone 5MG TABPrednisone 10MG TABPrednisone 20MG TABPrednisone 10MG PAK 48Prednisone 10MG PAK 21Prednisone 5MG PAK 28Prednisone 5MG 6DAYPAK
Salsalate 500MG TABTriamcinolone 0.025% CRE 15Triamcinolone 0.025% CRE 80Triamcinolone 0.1% CRE 15Triamcinolone 0.1% CRE 80Triamcinolon 0.1% OIN 15Triamcinolone 0.1% OIN 80Triamcinolon 0.5% CRE
Antibiotic Amoxicillin 125/5ML SUS 100 Amoxicillin 125/5ML SUS 80 Amoxicillin 125/5ML SUS 150 Amoxicillin 200/5ML SUS 50 Amoxicillin 200/5ML SUS 75 Amoxicillin 200/5ML SUS 100 Amoxicillin 250/5ML SUS 100 Amoxicillin 250/5ML SUS 80 Amoxicillin 250/5ML SUS 150 Amoxicillin 250MG CAP Amoxicillin 400/5ML SUS 50 Amoxicillin 400/5ML SUS 75 Amoxicillin 400/5ML SUS 100 Amoxicillin 500MG CAP Amoxil 50MG/ML DRO Bacitracin OP OIN Cephalexin 250MG CAP Cephalexin 500MG CAP Ciprofloxacin 500MG TAB Ciprofloxacin 250MG TAB Doxycycline HYC 100MG CAP Doxycycline HYC 100MG TAB Doxycycline HYC 50MG CAP Erythrocin 250MG TAB Erothromycin 2% SOL Erothromycin OP OIN Erothromycin 250MG ECCAP Gentamicin 0.1% CRE Gentamicin 0.1% OIN Gentamicin 0.3% OP SOL Isoniazid 300MG TAB Metronidazole 250MG TAB Metronidazole 500MG TAB Neo/Poly/Dex 0.1% OPOIN Neo/Poly/Dex 0.1% OPSUS Penicillin VK 125/5MLSOL Penicillin VK 250/5MLSOL Penicillin VK 250MG TAB Selenium SUL 2.5% LOT SMZTMP DS 800160 TAB SMZTMP 20040/5 SUS SMZTMP 40080MG TAB Sulfacetamide SOD 10% OP SOL
Tetracycline 250MG CAPTetracycline 500MG CAPTobramycin 0.3% OP SOLPolymixin SULF/TMP SOL
Antidepressant Amitriptylin 100MG TAB Amitriptylin 10MG TAB Amitriptylin 25MG TAB Amitriptylin 50MG TAB Amitriptylin 75MG TAB Citalopram 20MG TAB Citalopram 40MG TAB Doxepin HCL 100MG CAP Doxepin HCL 10MG CAP Doxepin HCL 25MG CAP Doxepin HCL 50MG CAP Doxepin HCL 75MG CAP Fluoxetine 10 MG TAB Fluoxetine 10MG CAP Fluoxetine 20MG CAP Fluoxetine 40MG CAP Nortriptylin 10MG CAP Nortriptylin 25MG CAP Paroxetine 10MG TAB Paroxetine 20MG TAB Trazodone 100MG TAB Trazodone 150MG TAB Trazodone 50MG TAB Antifungal Fluconazole 150MG TAB Nystat/Triam CRE 15 Nystat/Triam CRE 30 Nystat/Triam OIN 15 Nystatin 100000U CRE 15 Nystatin 100000U CRE 30 Nystatin100000U OIN 15 Nystatin 100000U OIN 30 Antipsychotic Fluphenazine 1MG TAB Haloperidol 0.5MG TAB Haloperidol 1MG TAB Haloperidol 2MG TAB Haloperidol 5MG TAB Lithium Carb 300MG CAP Prochlorperazine 10MG TAB Thioridazine 25MG TAB Thioridazine 50MG TAB Thiothixene 2MG CAP Antiviral Acyclyovir 200MG CAP Anxiety Hydroxyzine HCL10MG/5ML SYP Arthritis Allopurinol 100MG TAB Allopurinol 300MG TAB Colchicine 0.6MG TAB Asthma Albuterol 0.5% NEB Albuterol 2MG TAB Albuterol 2MG/5ML SYP Albuterol 4MG TAB Cardiac Amiloride/HCTZ 550 TAB Atenol/CHLOR 5025MGTAB Atenol/CHLOR100-25MGTAB Atenolol 100MG TAB Atenolol 25MG TAB Atenolol 50MG TAB Benazepril 10MG TAB Benazepril 20MG TAB Benazepril 40MG TAB Benazepril 5MG TAB Bisoprolol/HCTZ 10/6.25 TAB Bisoprolol/HCTZ 2.5/6.25TAB Bisoprolol/HCTZ 56.25MGTAB Bumetanide 0.5MG TAB Bumetanide 1MG TAB Captopril 100MG TAB Captopril 12.5MG TAB Captopril 25MG TAB Captopril 50MG TAB Chlorthalidone 25MG TAB Chlorthalidone 50MG TAB Clonidine 0.1MG TAB Clonidine 0.1MG PACK Clonidine 0.2MG TAB Clonidine 0.2MG PACK Digitek 0.125MG TAB Digitek 0.25MG TAB Diltiazem 120MG TAB Diltiazem 30MG TAB Diltiazem 60MG TAB Diltiazem 90MG TAB Doxazosin 1MG TAB Doxasozin 2MG TAB Doxasozin 4MG TAB Doxasozin 8MG TAB
Enalapril/HCTZ 512.5MGTABEnalapril 10MG TABEnalapril 2.5MG TABEnalapril 20MG TABEnalapril 5MG TABFurosemide 20MG TABFurosemide 40MG TABFurosemide 80MG TABGuanfacine 1MG TABHydralazine 10MG TABHydralazine 25MG TABHydrochlorothiazide 12.5MG CAPHydrochlorothiazide 25MG TABHydrochlorothiazide 50MG TABIndapamide 1.25MG TABIndapamide 2.5MG TABIsosorbide mono 30MG ERTABIsosorbide mono 60MG ERTABLisinopril-HCTZ 10-12.5MTABLisinopril-HCTZ 20-25MG TABLisinopril-HCTZ 20-12.5TABLisinopril 10MG TABLisinopril 2.5MG TABLisinopril 20MG TABLisinopril 5MG TABMethyldopa 250MG TABMethyldopa 500MG TABMetoprolol 100MG TABMetoprolol 25MG TABMetoprolol 50MG TABNadolol 20MG TABNadolol 40MG TABPindolol 10MG TABPindolol 5MG TABPrazosin HCL 1MG CAPPrazosin HCL 2MG CAPPrazosin HCL 5MG CAPPropranolol 10MG TABPropranolol 20MG TABPropranolol 40MG TABPropranolol 80MG TABSotalol HCL 80MG TABSpironolactone 25MG TABTerazosin 10MG CAPTerazosin 1MG CAPTerazosin 2MG CAPTerazosin 5MG CAPTriamterine/HCTZ 37.525 CAPTriamterine/HCTZ 37.525 TABTriamterine/HCTZ 7550MG TABVerapamil 120MG TABVerapamil 80MG TABWarfarin 5MG TAB
Cholesterol Lovastatin 10MG TAB Lovastatin 20MG TAB Pravastatin 10MG TAB Pravastatin 20MG TAB Pravastatin 40MG TAB Cough and Cold Benzonatate 100MG CAP Ceron DM SYP Ceron Drops 10 OZ Guaifenesin DM SYP Guiafenex DM ER Promethazine DM SYP Trivent DPC 6215/5 SYP Diabetes Chlorpropamide 100MG TAB Glimepiride 1MG TAB Glimepiride 2MG TAB Glimepiride 4MG TAB Glipizide 10MG TAB Glipizide 5MG TAB Glyburide 2.5MG TAB (BLUE) Glyburide 2.5MG TAB (GREEN) Glyburide 5MG TAB (BLUE) Glyburide 5MG TAB (GREEN) Glyburide MCR 3MG TAB Glyburide MCR 6MG TAB Metformin 1000MG TAB Metformin 500MG TAB Metformin 500MG ER TAB Metformin 850MG TAB Gastrointestinal Belladonna ALK/PB TAB Cimetidine 800MG TAB Cytra2 SOL Dicyclomine 10MG CAP Dicylomine 20MG TAB Famotidine 20MG TAB Hyoscyamine 0.125/MLDRO Hyoscyamine 0.125MG SUB Hyoscyamine 0.125MG TAB Hyoscyamine 0.375 ERTAB Lactulose 10GM/15 SYP Meclizine 12.5MG TAB Meclizine 25MG TAB Metoclopramide 10MG TAB Metoclopramide 5MG/5ML SYP Phenazopyridine 100MG TAB
Phenazopyridine D 200MG TABPromethazine 25MG TABPromethazine 6.25/5MLSYPRanitidine 150MG TABRanitidine 300MG TAB
Gingivitis Chlorhexadrine GLU 0.12% SOL Glaucoma/Eye Atropine SUL 1% OP SOL Pilocarpine 1% OP SOL Pilocarpine 2% OP SOL Hormonal Estradiol 0.5MG TAB Estradiol 1MG TAB Estradiol 2MG TAB Estropipate 0.75MG TAB Estropipate 1.5MG TAB Medroxyprogesterone AC 10MG TAB Medroxyprogesterone AC 2.5MG TAB Medroxyprogesterone AC 5MG TAB Incontinence Oxybutynin 5MG TAB Oncology/Cancer Megestrol 20MG Parkinson's Benztropine 2MG TAB Trihexyphenadyl 2MG TAB Seizure Carbamazepine 200MG TAB Thyroid Levothyroxine 25MCG TAB Levothyroxine 50MCG TAB Levothyroxine 75MCG TAB Levothyroxine 88MCG TAB Levothyroxine 100MCG TAB Levothyroxine 112MCG TAB Levothyroxine 125MCG TAB Levothyroxine 150MCG TAB Levothyroxine 175MCG TAB Levothyroxine 200MCG TAB Vitamins Ethedent 0.25MG CHW Folic acid 1MG TAB Klorcon 10 10MEQ ERTAB
Klorcon 8 TAB 8MEQ ERKlorcon M10 TABMagnesium oxide 400MG TABMag64 64MG TABMultivitamin 0.25MG CHWMultivitamin/FL/FE CHWMultivitamin/BET /FL 1MGCHWMultivitamin/BET 0.5MGFL CHWNatalcare PIC TABNatalcare Plus TABPotassium chloride 10% LIQPrenatal Rx TAB
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