Wal-Mart Launches New Online Mail Order Service for Diabetic Supplies

Kurt Peters

Service Provides Convenience and Value to Meet the Needs of Diabetic Customers

BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 25, 2003 -- The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse recently reported that about 15.7 million, or 5.9 percent, of the U.S. population are currently living with diabetes, and nearly 800,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. To better assist those living with diabetes, Wal-Mart Pharmacy Mail Services, a mail order pharmacy provided by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has added a new cost-effective and convenient way to order diabetes maintenance medications through www.walmart.com.

"We are excited to meet the prescription needs of our customers who rely on diabetes maintenance medications," said Keith Cook, director of managed care, Wal-Mart Pharmacy. "This service will provide a cost-effective and convenient solution to our customers."

Customers can visit www.walmart.com, click on the Pharmacy link, and then the Mail Order Diabetic Supplies link to get information on how to place an order for a three-month supply of maintenance medications. Whether customers are ordering insulin, meters, test strips, or insulin delivery devices, the products will be delivered to their doorsteps, postage paid.

Ordering a three-month supply online at Walmart.com provides customers with better value. For example, price points on three-month supplies of popular supplies include: Novolin Reli On R, ($48.86); Reli On N, ($48.86); Reli On Test Strips, ($124.66); and Reli On Blood Glucose Meter, ($8.88). Though final price will depend on quantity purchased and a customer`s insurance plan`s prescription drug coverage, some customers can save on prescription co-pay if insurance plans meet mail order benefits.

There is an order form available online, which customers can print and then mail or fax back to the mail order pharmacy. In addition, there is an automated line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which enables customers to quickly place orders, if they have a valid credit card on file, and check the status of their orders.

With annual sales of $244.5 billion, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,870 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 520 SAM`S CLUBS in the United States. Internationally, the company operates about 1,275 units. Wal-Mart employs over 1.3 million associates worldwide. The company`s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year, Wal-Mart associates raised and contributed more than $200 million to support communities and local nonprofit organizations. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has received the 2002 Fortune magazine No. 1 Most Admired Company in the United States, along with receiving the 2002 Ron Brown Award, the highest Presidential Award recognizing outstanding achievement in employee relations and community initiatives. More information about Wal-Mart can be located online at www.walmartstores.com and www.walmart.com. The SAM`S CLUB Web site can be accessed at www.samsclub.com. And more information about Wal-Mart`s Good. Works. community involvement is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

Jessica Ring
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


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