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27 Apr: What’s safer — online pharmacies or Wal-Mart?

As readers of this blog know, we sometimes grow weary of defending legitimate online and mail-order pharmacies against those uninformed (and/or Big Pharma-funded) voices who enjoying tarring all online pharmacies with the same broad brush. Yes, we know there is a big problem with rogue online pharmacies. That’s why we created eDrugSearch.com — to create a place you could come to buy medications from pharmacies that are all properly licensed by the Canadian government. Did you know that, for all the hyperventilating about the safety of online pharmacies, there is not a single reported case of an American citizen receiving adulterated, impure or improper medications from a licensed Canadian pharmacy? It’s true — not one. Wal-Mart’s track record isn’t as…

30 Mar: Wal-Mart takes on PBMs: this is getting GOOD!

We speculated last week that the big health insurance companies and their PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) may soon attempt to force employees toward mail-order drugs. It’s certainly a real possibility after the PBM Express Scripts began providing mail-order delivery as a default option for employer-based health plans. As I predicted then: 1. Soon, all other PBMs will offer the same program. 2. Then, one PBM will come up with a program that makes participation in the mail-order program mandatory in order for employees to receive coverage — in the name of employer cost savings. 3. That will become the dominant model for employer-based prescription drug insurance. I then added, forebodingly: Now, I haven’t factored in the uproar that this would…

12 Feb: Harris Teeter joins generic drug discounters

Harris Teeter, the North Carolina-based supermarket chain with 177 stores in the southeastern United States, has matched discount price programs at Wal-Mart, CVS, Target, Walgreens and Kroger, announcing that it is now offering customers a 90-day supply of over 300 generic drugs for $9.99. Customers must purchase a $5 drug savings card, good for one year, to take advantage of the discount. The plan doesn’t apply to prescriptions covered by insurance. We welcome the continuing trend toward low-cost generics. It’s good to see some real price competition over prescription drugs, something that was sorely lacking before Wal-Mart announced its $4 generic drug program. Unfortunately, the millions of Americans who are struggling to pay their prescription drug bills each month know…

16 Jul: Wal-Mart pharmacist’s error sends teen into coma

  No matter how much we try to protect ourselves from unsafe drugs and pharmacy practices, errors can and do occur. The Consumerist reports that a Utah teen was in ICU for 16 days after a Wal-Mart pharmacist gave him the wrong prescription for his strep throat. Jessie Scott’s doctor had ordered a liquid solution of oxycodone hydrochloride to treat Scott’s pain — but the pharmacist gave him a concentrated solution, which caused Scott to consume 20 times the prescribed dose of the medication. Ultimately, we have to trust our pharmacists — online or off — to do what they’ve been trained to do. But I would add that in my experience, when a liquid medication is concentrated — as…