Here at SingleCare, we understand that prescription medications can get crazy expensive—after all, our primary purpose is to help people access the cheapest medications possible. For many of us, not purchasing these medications isn’t an option; our health depends on it. However, how much we actually pay for them can be changed. Today, we’re looking at how Walmart customers can save money on their prescription medications by using the Walmart $4 List.
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What is the Walmart $4 List?
The Walmart $4 Program is a list of generic medications available for purchase at heavily discounted prices. Prices start at $4 for 30-day prescriptions, and $10 for 90-day supplies, with no insurance necessary to save. There are also no fees, and no membership required; plus, the program applies to both the initial dose and refills.
As no brand-name drugs are on the list, patients can ask a doctor to prescribe the generic version of any eligible medication to access the lowest prices.
Are there any restrictions?
While the Walmart generic drug savings list is a helpful resource for many, there are a few caveats to know. Here are a few fine print details to be aware of:
1. Walmart can change the program without notice
“These Program Details are subject to change without advance notice,” according to Walmart. Take albuterol, for example, which is a popular asthma medication, and is no longer on the Walmart $4 List. For this reason, it’s always wise to have a few savings options available. Customers should carry their insurance card and SingleCare savings card (or download it on their phones) whenever they go to the pharmacy to pick up their prescription.
2. Generic medications only
Walmart makes it very clear that only certain generic drugs at standard dosages are available within the $4 program. As a result, there are no savings on brand-name drugs or different dosages than what’s listed.
3. Pricing can vary between states
“Prices of certain drugs covered by the Program may be higher in some states,” according to Walmart. Customers can call their local Walmart pharmacy for accurate pricing before filling their prescription.
4. North Dakota residents cannot access the program
The Walmart program is available at all Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacies in the United States except North Dakota. Fortunately, the SingleCare savings card is available to pharmacy customers in all states and territories. Walmart customers in North Dakota can use their Walmart prescription discount card by SingleCare to save on their medication.
5. Prices start at $4, but some cost more
Pricing depends on the specific prescription, including the dosage and duration of treatment. Pricing also varies by location and whether a customer uses Walmart’s mail service to fill their prescription.
6. There may be cheaper options available
The Walmart $4 List is a great program that benefits many people. However, pharmacy customers may be able to access even lower prices. Using the SingleCare savings card, health insurance, or a drug manufacturer rebate could save more money than the Walmart $4 program.
What drugs are on the Walmart $4 List?
We’ve put together a list of the generic medications available for $4 and $10 on the Walmart program (as of Feb. 3, 2020).
The range of generic medications covers several health conditions, including prescriptions for mental health, thyroid problems, heart health, blood pressure medication, and common diabetes medications. Scroll down to search drugs included on the Walmart $4 prescription list.
|$4 diabetes medications
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Other high blood pressure medications are included in the program but have not been listed as they cost more than $4 for a 30-day or $10 for a 90-day supply. These include bisoprolol, diltiazem HCl, doxazosin, enalapril, triamterene, and verapamil HCl.
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|$4 thyroid medications
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|$4 vitamin & nutrition supplements
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Other ways to save on Walmart prescriptions
The Walmart $4 List does not include antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids, which are some of the most commonly prescribed drug classes. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on these prescriptions.
Use a SingleCare coupon
SingleCare partners with Walmart and other pharmacies to bring customers savings of up to 80% on their prescriptions. Customers can search for their medication here, then show their free SingleCare savings card to a pharmacist for instant savings.
Contact drug manufacturers for savings programs or apply for patient assistance
Some drug manufacturers offer financial assistance and saving programs. Some drug manufacturer coupons are available to all patients, but they’re often limited to a specific timeframe or dollar amount. Other savings programs have eligibility requirements. Additionally, some non-profit organizations, like the HealthWell Foundation, also provide financial assistance to some patients based on different eligibility criteria.
Shop around and compare prices
Prices can vary between pharmacies. Smart shoppers can enter their zip code on singlecare.com to find the lowest price for their prescriptions at local pharmacies near them. Note: Prescription prices fluctuate, meaning SingleCare savings could be even better at a different pharmacy next month.
Speak to a doctor
Most importantly, consult a healthcare provider about cost-effective alternatives to the medication they’ve prescribed. In some cases, a doctor may be able to switch patients to a more affordable option or design a new treatment plan that is more cost-effective. For example, some lifestyle changes can reduce the need for medication, or a doctor may switch a patient’s medication from one drug that’s not on the Walmart $4 prescription list to one that is.