Even better was the pharmacy calling to remind me my prescription was about to run out and should they go ahead and refill it? Smart move on their part, as it got me to go to the store, where I am sure they are hoping I would buy $150 of groceries.
Wal-mart can afford to use drugs as a loss-leader to get warm bodies into the store, where they will hopefully decide to buy a loaf of bread or a bicycle or a car battery or a new pair of glasses. CVS and Walgreens do not have such a synergy - they have non-drug items, but a very limited selection and prices that are not as competitive.
The drug store wars go on, with no sign of a winner yet. But I think in the end, as health care costs escalate, Wal-Mart may be the ultimate winner.
They even have a drive-through pharmacy at the new "neighborhood market" Wal-Mart!