When it comes to the convenience of getting your prescription filled online, a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Wal-mart’s Northwest Arkansas neighborhood is usually far cheaper than a pharmacy in an expensive suburb, a study released Wednesday found.
Wal-Mart, which is known for its low prices, operates about 400 pharmacy locations in the United States, including in Arkansas, where it operates five stores.
The study was done by an independent pharmacy analyst at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Its results are based on online data from Wal-Marts pharmacies in four cities.
The study also used data from pharmacy sites that have been in operation for at least 10 years.
“It’s clear that we’re the largest retailer in the region, and we are consistently in the top three,” said Sharon Miller, the analyst.
“I think the real question is, what are the top 3,000 pharmacies in the country?”
The study, conducted by the University at Buffalo, used data compiled by the U.S. Postal Service from 2012 to 2016 to estimate the cost of prescriptions and other supplies, such as cleaning supplies, to Wal-Packages pharmacies.
The results showed Wal-Mar stores are much cheaper.
For the five cities studied, Wal-Martin stores were much more expensive than Wal-Wal stores, and that was true across the board.
In cities with the highest average household income, WalMart was far cheaper, with Wal-Mars stores costing $1,400 more than Wal Marts.
The cost of a WalMart drugstore pharmacy in the city with the fewest Wal- Mart stores was about $1 per prescription, while the cost in the other two cities was about twice as much, according to the study.
In a Wal Mart store, the average cost was $2 per prescription.
In addition to Wal Mart, other companies with high costs in the study included Wal-Kmart, Kroger and Rite Aid.
The cost of prescription medications was higher in the metro areas with the smallest Wal- Mar stores, with pharmacies in those areas averaging about $2,800 per prescription and $3,100 per year.