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Anyone who normally goes to Walgreens to fulfill prescriptions, or who needs a good option for doing so, listen up…and consider this a quick public service announcement from your friends at MSF.
Over the course of the last year, Walgreens has been negotiating with Express Scripts on the terms of a new contract to stay as part of its network of pharmacy providers. And just as the Cardinals couldn’t come to terms with Albert Pujols before last Spring Training, those negotiations did not result in a deal being reached, and the contract expired on December 31st of 2011. Thus, Walgreens is now not a part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network.
What this means is that pharmacy patients now must go elsewhere to use their in-network pharmacy benefits, and it is unnecessary. The actions taken by Express Scripts are causing a disruption for patients without providing a significant benefit. Patients who are covered by an Express Scripts plan now must not only find their pharmacists, but a lot of these displaced patients also have to travel greater distances to get prescriptions filled at pharmacies with hours that are far less convenient for their hectic schedules. Factoid: Walgreens offers more 24-hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country.
Most egregiously, patients are not experiencing a reduction in cost to go with the increased hassle they’re being subject to. It’s all pain with no gain.
Click to read the full explanation of the Express Scripts’ decision and its negative impact: Walgreens and Express Script
Walgreens remains committed to these patients, however. They are offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club: Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
Here are the details:
- For $10 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets.
- Individuals may join for $5. Join and receive discount prices on your prescriptions.
- Members experience savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic medications
- Members get discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies
- Members receive bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services
If this issue with Express Scripts applies to you, or even if it doesn’t, check out Walgreens. We appreciate them reaching out with the opportunity to tell you all about this, and since it is something that could save you both money and time, I was all to happy to post about it.
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