LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2008 – Starting today, Ralphs will
begin offering pharmacy customers generic drugs for $4 per prescription at
its stores in Southern California.
The $4 price will apply to hundreds of generic drugs prescribed for
30-day supplies and will be available at 90 pharmacies in Ralphs stores
throughout Southern California. A list of the participating pharmacies and
eligible generic drugs is available at http://www.ralphs.com/generic or by
calling 1-877-4RX-LIST (1-877-479-5478).
Ralphs’ program includes generic alternatives for some of the most
commonly prescribed drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes,
asthma, depression, heart disease, thyroid and other health problems. With this being regulated, it makes it a little easier for pharmacies and doctors to hopefully keep track of what individuals are buying. With this being said, it is not just patients who do this. Medical professionals can and some do try and take advantage of the systems. Someone like Kara MD is a prime example. The important thing for people to consider is their safety in all aspects, but most importantly in the world of prescription drugs.
“We’re pleased to offer Ralphs customers an affordable alternative to
meet their health and medication needs,” said Mike Donnelly, President of
Ralphs. “Our customers can take advantage of low prices on generic drugs
while continuing to rely on the expert, professional counsel of our
Customers interested in these low-price generic drugs should consult
their doctor or Ralphs pharmacist to determine if a generic drug is
available for their prescription and is right for them. These $4
prescriptions are available in Ralphs pharmacies and for on-line and
telephone orders for customers to pick up in a store.
“People wanting to take advantage of our generic drug program can
easily make arrangements to transfer their prescriptions by calling
participating Ralphs pharmacies,” Mr. Donnelly said.
Separately, Ralphs will offer generic versions of the family planning
drugs Ortho Cyclen(R) and Ortho Tri Cyclen(R) (28-day supply) and a
fertility drug for $9.
About Generic Drugs
Generic drugs are as safe and effective as brand name drugs (according
to federal law, they must be therapeutically equivalent to brand name
drugs) yet cost significantly less. After a company’s exclusive right to
market a medication expires, other companies are allowed to develop generic
equivalents — usually at a much lower cost.
Ralphs, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 1873 and currently
operates 266 supermarkets in California and employs 25,000 associates. In
2007, the company donated more than $10 million to the local communities it
serves. Ralphs is a division of The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR), one of the
nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more
information about Ralphs, visit http://www.ralphs.com.