Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
September 22, 2006
Albany -- Wal-Mart announces a program to lower prices of generic prescription drugs. Small Southwest Georgia pharmacies say Wal-Mart is trying to run them out of business.
The world's largest retailer is slashing the price of many generic prescription drugs to only $4.00 a month. Wal-Mart says they want to lower the cost of health care in America with competition.
But smaller Southwest Georgia pharmacies say Wal-Mart is just trying to wipe out the competition.
Wal-Mart is launching it's new generic prescription drug program in Tampa Bay, but says it intends to take the program to as many states as possible by next year. The discount giant will sell nearly 300 generic drugs for four dollars per prescription for a 30 day supply.
They include medicine to treat asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, even antibiotics and antidepressants. Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, Junior said "Competition and market forces have been absent from our healthcare system, and that has hurt working families tremendously."
Independent pharmacist David Hays of Hays Pharmacy says generic drugs are 80% of his sales, and Wal-Mart is trying to put him out of business. "Absolutely. Wal-Mart wants business to cease, or competition for them to cease and desist. And when you have three or four thousand stores like Wal-Mart has, they can do that."
U-Save-It Drugs has several stores across Georgia. Pharmacist Gary Phillips says their company is growing because of customer service, and Wal-Mart does not bother them. Phillips says, "Bring it on."
Wal-Mart says they think their reduced pricing will save customers up to 70% on some drugs. Target, the nation's second largest discount chain, announced they would match Wal-Mart's reduced drug prices, which could set up price competition benefiting consumers greatly.
David Hays says the retail giants are just trying to take over more market share and you will pay more later. "It will make it very difficult for me and other smaller or chain pharmacies to stay in business."
Hays says when the smaller pharmacies are out of business, the larger chains will raise their prices, and the consumer will have no alternative to shop.