Wal-Mart expands prescription drug program

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(Host) Wal-Mart, the giant retailer, is expanding a low-cost prescription drug program to 14 more states.

Today, company representatives held a news conference at the Wal-Mart store in Williston. Under the new plan, the retailer offers 314 generic drug prescriptions for $4. The price covers about a month’s supply.

Chris Buchanan is a Wal-Mart vice president of public relations.

(Buchanan) “The $4 program provides a solution for the more than 70,000 uninsured Vermonters who may presently avoid, quite frankly, filling prescriptions due to the cost and remain untreated. We estimate the program will save the state’s Medicaid program hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.”

(Host) Critics of the Wal-Mart plan says it’s a way for the company to corner a bigger share of the drug business by undercutting its competition.

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