Walgreens and Express Script

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If your current prescription drug coverage provider is Express Scripts, then you need to read this.  Express Scripts has dropped Walgreens pharmacies from their network effective January 1, 2012 due to unsuccessful contract re-negotiation.   Walgreens already has extremely low rates with Express Scripts, but they agreed to not raise their rates in order to still service Express Scripts customers and reduce inconvenience.  Express Scripts refused this arrangement and instead demanded that Walgreens decrease their rates.  Express Scripts is also the prescription coverage provider for Tricare, which handles America’s Military medical coverage.  Again, Walgreens guaranteed to match or beat all other prescription rates in the Tricare network, but Express Scripts refused.  Walgreens wanted to make sure that America’s service men and women weren’t caught in the middle, but because of Express Scripts unwillingness to compromise, America’s military now have had their prescription coverage affected as well.

Not all Express Scripts programs are affected, so check with your Walgreens Pharmacist to be sure.  Or, you can check on the back of your Express Scripts card – if it says Express Scripts, then you are likely affected, if it does not have Express Scripts written on the back, you most likely are not.  Keep in mind, Walgreens is the largest line of 24-hour pharmacies in the country.  It may not be convenient for you to transfer to a new pharmacy, so Walgreens wants to make it easier for you.  They offer a Walgreens Prescription Savings Club that offers savings on more than 8,000 brand name medications and all generic medications.  Also, over 400 generic medications are available for a 90-day supply for less than a dollar per week.  Express Scripts won’t even allow their patients to fill a 90-day supply at a retail pharmacy, and require them to order through Express Scripts mail-order program, which is extremely time consuming.  The cost of Walgreens Prescription Savings Program is typically $20 per year for individuals and $35 per year for families, but for a limited time, through the end of January, you can join for only $5 for individuals and $10 for families, which covers all immediate family members, dependents under the age of 22, and even your pets!  Think about it – if you just pay $5 or $10 up front, then the next time you have an emergency in the middle of the night, you can still afford to go to your convenient Walgreens 24-hour pharmacy instead of driving out of your way to a pharmacy that Express Scripts offers in their network.  Additionally, with Walgreens Prescription Savings Program, they offer discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies, and bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products or use their photofinishing services.

Since Walgreens has some of the most competitive rates in the country, Express Scripts patients aren’t only looking at more inconvenience.  It’s likely that prescription drug costs will also increase.  Talk to your Walgreens Pharmacist right away to find out what’s best for you, and to get details on the benefits of their Prescription Savings Program and how it can work for you.  Like Walgreens on Facebook and follow Walgreens on Twitter to stay updated.  Don’t let Express Scripts dictate what’s best for you and your family.  Speak to your Pharmacist and make the choice yourself. More information can be found here: Walgreens and Express Script

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