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Asthma Sufferers Breathe Easier as Walmart Announces $9 Environmentally Sustainable Inhaler

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 General News J E 4
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BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 30 As part of itscontinued commitment to provide accessible, affordable medications to thosewho need it most, Walmart today announced it will carry an environmentallyfriendly albuterol rescue inhaler starting at $9, the lowest-priced inhaler onthe market. The ReliOn(R) Ventolin HFA inhalers, sold exclusively at Walmart*,will ease the transition as asthma sufferers are forced to replace theirCFC-powered inhalers with new HFA inhalers in the new year to comply with anFDA mandate.

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"While some HFA inhalers may sell for as much as $60 for certain brands,our $9 ReliOn Ventolin HFA inhaler will ease the financial burden forsufferers of asthma who should not go without these life-saving medications,"said Sandy Kinsey, Walmart's divisional merchandise manager for pharmacy. "Asan advocate for our customers, we're committed to ensuring they have access toaffordable medicine they cannot live without."

According to the 2007 National Institutes of Health (NIH) asthma treatmentguidelines, overuse of albuterol is a sign of uncontrolled asthma. With 60metered inhalations, the ReliOn Ventolin HFA inhaler helps both patients andhealth care professionals monitor and track usage via the dose counter toidentify overuse of albuterol. Additionally, it helps patients track how manypuffs remain in their inhaler so they do not run out of their rescuemedication when they need it most.

For further information about Walmart's affordable prescription program,customers can visit http://www.walmart.com/pharmacy or discuss the programwith their local Walmart, Neighborhood Market or Sam's Club pharmacist.

* Products and pharmacies are not available in North Dakota

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)

Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart Stores, supercenters,Neighborhood Markets, and Sam's Club locations across America or log on to itsonline store at http://www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation arecommitted to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) isproud to support the causes that are important to customers and associatesright in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $296 million tolocal communities in the United States. More information about Walmart can befound by visiting http://www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales areavailable at http://www.walmart.com.Walmart offers other affordable medications* for those suffering from thedisease, including: Albuterol 2mg tab $4 for 90 tablets $10 for 270 tablets Albuterol 4mg tab $4 for 60 tablets $10 for 180 tablets Albuterol 2mg/5ml syrup $4 for 120ml $10 for 360ml

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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