Wal-Mart is offering certain generic prescriptions for just four dollars. Many say it's saving hundreds in medical costs, but many locally owned pharmacies that compete with Wal-Mart are taking notice.
Ancel Patterson says he's been going to Jeff's Pharmacy in Middlesboro for years and says he'll continue to despite what many are calling a good deal at Wal-Mart, where customers are finding generic forms of prescriptions for just four dollars.
"It's been nice to have people come up and thank us. We've saved people hundreds of dollars so far," said Wal-Mart Pharmacist Brent Barrow.
But the owner of Jeff's Pharmacy says he believes there are other intentions behind Wal-Mart's new program.
"They know if you come into Wal-Mart with your prescription, you're going to leave with something else out front. That's all they're interested in is gaining market share," said Jeff Moore, owner of Jeff's Pharmacy.
But Wal-Mart Pharmacist Brent Barrow says rather than taking business from locally owned pharmacies, he believes the cheaper prescriptions are simply getting medicine to more people who need it.
"They've been skipping doses or not taking doses. There have been a lot of people who've not been treated adequately because the medicine's been too expensive," Barrow said.
Jeff Moore says he hasn't noticed any of his customers taking prescriptions elsewhere.
"They're good people. They'll treat you right. Better going here than somewhere else and waiting an hour or two," Ancel Patterson says.
"I'll get phone calls from people who get prescriptions filled at a chain and want me to get info for them," Moore said.
Moore says he also tries to match prices the bigger pharmacies are offering and hopes that will help him keep loyal customers, like Ancel Patterson.
Wal-Mart extended their generic prescription program to Tennessee stores this past Tuesday. It's been offered in Kentucky for a couple of weeks