Let me preface by saying that I am generally not a Wal-Mart basher, but recent events have made me rethink that stance.
My wife had knee surgery last week, and I am off work until later this week, staying home to help her during a little of her long rehab process. Today, her family doctor issued a prescription for her, and foolishly I told him to call it into the nearest Wal-Mart pharmacy, 18 miles from my home. When I drove over to pick up the prescription, I was taken aback by the higher price. I always assumed Wal-mart's pharmacy had the $4/$10 prescriptions for almost everything the doctor might order. When they told me the price, I asked for a copy of the prescription so I could take it to other pharmacies for comparison pricing. They quickly informed me that they could not release the prescription to me due to federal HIPA laws. According to Wal-Mart's pharmacy staff, the only one they could release that information to would be my wife since it was her prescription. Really? Then how can they allow me to pay for her prescription and pick it up without her present? I think it was nothing more than a ploy to keep me prisoner at their pharmacy. There is a K-Mart pharmacy close to this Wal-Mart store, and a Kroger pharmacy only a couple miles away, so they were afraid of what I might find out at those.
Needless to say, I am going to comparison shop before we refill it, and I will never again have a prescription called into Wal-Mart's pharmacy.
Word to the wise...