As long as I can remember My family and I have been getting our prescriptions at the Walgreens Pharmacy. It was just a given that it was where we dropped them off and picked them up. Have you heard of the Express Scripts program?
Well a VERY BRIEF description is this :
Express Scripts is a health care system middleman
Express Scripts acts as a middleman between pharmacies providing the health care service and employers and health plans who pay for the medications.
Well turns out that Walgreens and Express Scripts had a contract, negotiations failed and now Walgreens may no longer be a covered pharmacy with your insurance. Who does this affect?
Well Our military for one. One of Express Scripts’ clients is Tricare, which is the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. Walgreens also offered to contract separately with Express Scripts for Tricare from other Express Scripts commercial business, but these offers were rejected. Express Scripts continues to refuse to negotiate a separate contract for the benefit of the Tricare program and its beneficiaries. All this was done in an effort to allow Military service men and women the right to get their prescriptions at their local Walgreens.
Other changes are this :
Among the steps Walgreens is taking to minimize the disruption is offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. More than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.
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Many studies have found that Sixty percent of employers would not exclude Walgreens for less than 10 percent savings. What does that mean? Employers value having Walgreens as a pharmacy option for their employees, but Express Scripts wants to take that choice away.
Anyways I just feel that its a shame that negotiations were not successful and it is therefore forcing people to find a different pharmacy for their prescription needs. I personally would have no clue where to go.