The Walmart warehouse club chain said Thursday five generic medications are now available in specified quantities at no charge in 35 states for its Sam’s Club Plus and Business Plus members. They include donepezil (for Alzheimer’s disease), pioglitazone (for type 2 diabetes), finasteride (for enlarged prostate and male pattern hair loss), escitalopram (an antidepressant) and vitamin D 50,000 IU.
The new benefit is part of Sam’s Club’s Extra Value Drug List (EVDL), through which Plus and Business Plus members also get 10% to 30% savings on certain branded medications.
In addition, more than 200 generics in specified quantities are available for $4 and over 400 generics are available for $10 daily at all club locations with a pharmacy. That pricing is available to Plus members who opt to use the Plus discount only.
“Sam’s Club is always looking for ways to help improve the health of our communities and provide exceptional value to our members,” Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam’s Club, said in a statement. “That’s why we created an extensive list of prescriptions to offer at substantial savings to our Plus and Business Plus members, especially those who are under- or uninsured. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to making health care more accessible and affordable.”
When paying without insurance, Plus members also can get up to 40% savings on certain generics and up to 8% on brand-name prescriptions that aren’t part of the EVDL program.
Overall, Sam’s Club operates nearly 600 pharmacies in its 647 wholesale club locations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Due to state regulations, free medications aren’t available in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin, according to Sam’s Club.