For the past year, Walgreens has been working hard at negotiating a new contract with Express Script, without any success. Walgreens wasn’t even asking for a rate increase, but still could not get Express Script to renew their contract. On Dec 31, 2011 their contract to be a provider for Express Script expired. That means Walgreens nationwide is no longer apart of the Express Script Provider network. Walgreens is outraged because customers could now be forced to spend more money on their prescriptions from other providers, and will not be seeing any savings thanks to Express Script.
Express Script is causing many folks to leave their Walgreens pharmacy to find a new provider in the network. For many, this means leaving a pharmacy they have used for years. Not having a pharmacist that knows them well, and provides great service. For many it even means traveling out of their way to find a provider. Many of those providers don’t offer Walgreens 24 hour service, making it possible to pick up your medications when you need them. My family fills our prescriptions with Walgreens, and I can vouch for their incredible hours and friendly service. Many a time, I have had a car full of sick kids, and have been able to easily pick up their prescriptions through a drive thru window at Walgreens. What’s even more frustrating is that patients are not seeing their cost go down in exchange for having a smaller network of providers to choose from. In fact, many folks will be spending more on their prescriptions. I currently choose Walgreens pharmacy because they carry more generic options then other pharmacies, they offer 90 day refills opposed to 30, coupled along with their competitive pricing, they save my family money . Express Script is a middleman between pharmacies and employers. This middleman is not acting on your best behalf. For more information on this topic head to Walgreens and Express Script.
You should check the back of your prescription insurance card to see if it says “Express Script”, if it does you may be hassled by this, to be sure, you can check with your Walgreens pharmacy. Walgreens is determined to continue to provide affordable reliable service to their customers. They are offering a Walgreens Prescription Savings Club at a discounted rate, for a limited time, to make this transition easier. You can enroll your family for only $10 a year, and an individual for $5 a year, at the current discounted rate. The family plan includes you, your spouse, dependents 22 years of age and under, and even your pets! By joining the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club you will receive discount pricing on your prescriptions. Other savings include, discounts on over 8,000 brand-name and generic medications, flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers, and diabetic supplies. You will also receive bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photo finishing services. To stay updated on this issue and support Walgreens, you can follow Walgreens on Twitter and like Walgreens on Facebook.