Thursday, January 12, 2012

No More Express Scripts for Walgreens

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It was already announced by Walgreens management on their press release that the contract between Walgreens and Express Script has ended on the 31st of December. This means effective this month those patients with Express Scripts plan and uses Walgreens pharmacies to get their prescriptions can no longer do so. 

Negotiations were already done but to no avail. Express Scripts did not accept even if Walgreens offered to hold rates for a new contract flat and expressed not to increase rates. Because Tricare, the military insurance provider, uses Express Scripts program, Walgreens took an unprecedented step of guaranteeing that they will match the prices or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all pharmacies in the Tricare network just so the military personnel and their dependents will not be caught in the middle.

All effort by Walgreens to prevent disruption of services to the consumer rendered negative result, thus, they are tying their best to minimize the inconvenience by offering discounts on membership fees through Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. If you are going to enroll this month of January, you can avail of the discount in membership fee which is $10 for family with dependents 22 and younger and $5 for individuals.

For me, as much as possible, I want to use the services where I am comfortable with. I know million of patients don't want to be uprooted to where they get their prescriptions from, because by doing so means you have to establish again another relationship with a new pharmacist and you have to start afresh, record-wise, in that new pharmacy. So if you want to support Walgreens and receive updates about issues, information, and promotion, like Walgreens on Facebook and follow Walgreens on Twitter .

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