I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the Walmart pharmacy. Is it cheaper than other pharmacies? How does it compare to Costco’s pharmacy? How does the Express Pickup work? So I figured it was time to put fingers to keys and answer your burning questions in one handy dandy post. Hope it helps.
1. Are the Walmart Pharmacy Hours Different?
Yes, the Walmart pharmacy hours are different than regular store hours.
Most stores are open 24 hours a day, but most Walmart pharmacies are only open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Update: Starting in March of 2023 the Walmart Pharmacy (nationwide) will be closing at 7 p.m.
2. Does the Pharmacy Offer $4 Generics?
Yes, Walmart is one of a handful of national chains to offer $4 generics.
For your 4 dollars, you get a 30-day supply OR $10 for a 90-day supply.
Here is a Detailed List of all the $4 prescriptions Walmart currently offers, broken down by medical condition.
Takeaway: Always ask your doctor if a generic drug is available before he fills out the prescription.
3. Does Walmart Sell Pseudoephedrine Products?
Yes, but they are NOT over-the-counter drugs.
But when buying products like Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine you’ll need to show a valid I.D. to make the purchase.
This drug is used to make “meth” and thus the DEA regulation that requires a valid I.D..
4. Can I Pickup a Refill From a Different Walmart?
Yes, you can, but it requires an extra step.
Specifically, you’ll have to visit the online Walmart Pharmacy.
Next you’ll want to select the prescription you want to refill, then on the checkout page just select Store Pickup.
Lastly, select the new Walmart location where you want to pick-up your prescription. Done.
5. Can Someone Else Fill My Prescription?
Yes, they absolutely can.
They’ll need your name, address, and date of birth to walk out with your drug.
6. Any Way to Skip the Line Once I Get to the Pharmacy?
Absolutely you can, Walmart calls it their Express Pickup.
Just download the Walmart App and visit the Pharmacy section of the app. Tip: You’ll find it in Services.
Next, use the app to refill or transfer an existing prescription.
The app will then notify you when your prescription is ready.
At this point you can use the app to access Express Pickup.
All you have to do is use the app to pay for your drugs, sign your forms, and select Express Pickup.
When you get to the Walmart Pharmacy head straight for the Express Pickup line and wink at everyone standing in the long “regular people” line.
Then all you have to do is scan the QR code on your phone, grab your prescription, and walk out the door.
7. How Does Their Pharmacy Compare to Costco’s?
Costco might lose this battle.
Not only does Costco not offer $4 generics, but they also don’t offer an “express pickup” option like Walmart.
While Costco does offer a Member Prescription Program which offers some savings, they tend to only be on name-brand drugs like Viagra, Osphena, Relistor, and Victoza.
The one cool thing about the Costco Pharmacy is you DO NOT have to be a paying Costco member to take advantage.
Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the Walmart pharmacy? Let me know in the comments below.
By Kyle James
Photo credit to frankieleon.