It’s not everyday a newspaper editorial writer takes the side of corporate giants like Wal-Mart and Target. So mark this down.

The State Board of Pharmacy is dead wrong telling these mega corporations they can not provide low-priced, affordable drugs to Oklahomans.

This is the first real break in health care reform to ever come down the Turner Turnpike, and it should be no surprise that it was not the brainchild of anyone in the Oklahoma Legislature or any of their political appointees.

Yes, big business has its downside. Everyone knows the havoc these bigillionaire corporations have wreaked on hometown America and mom and pop businesses across the nation. But,the last time anyone checked, no one was complaining to City Hall about banking that monthly sales tax check these stores generate.

After nearly half a century as the leaders in economic growth in this nation, the clout of these big businesses can not be ignored. The power and influence of mega corporations, such as Wal-Mart and Target, are seldom brought to bare in what can be called a positive light. This is an exception.

We should take our breaks where we find them. So, what if the idea to provide $4 prescriptions to the public was born in Wally World’s marketing department? It still has the potential to bring to Oklahoma, the nation and possibly even the world much needed, long overdue affordable prescription drugs. If anyone can break the banks of out-of-control drug companies, Wal-Mart and Target can.

Maybe Wal-Mart executives were only thinking about their bottom line when they decided $4 prescriptions were a good way to increase store traffic. Target executives have admitted they were just trying to match the competition. It doesn't matter. It’s how a free marketplace works. And maybe, just maybe it’s working for you.

Doesn’t it bother anyone else to know that a prescription for which you’ve been paying $100 a pop actually cost less than $5 bucks to produce and market?

The question is: Who exactly is The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy led by Bryan Potter trying to protect? It’s definitely not the interests of the sick, the elderly or the needy who call Oklahoma home.

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