This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Express Scripts is a healthy care system that acts as a middleman between pharmacies that provide health care service and employers and health plan who pay for the medication.
Walgreens and Express Scripts where under negotiation for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider, but it is unsuccessful, and the contract expired on December 31, 2011. Because of this Walgreen is no longer part of Express Scripts pharmacy provider network starting January 1, 2012, including all the Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York area.
Walgreens where here to provide help and even offers 24 hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country. They can even provide a competitive pricing, and additional savings by dispensing less expensive generic drugs more often than other pharmacies. Now because of this actions taken by Express Scripts it causes lots of disruptions to their pharmacy patients, they are now in situation forcing to go elsewhere to use their in-network pharmacy benefits, they don’t have significant benefits to patients or even to their health plan. Even the patients that covered by an Express Scripts plan need to change their pharmacists and they even drive farther just to get prescriptions at pharmacies with less convenient hours with their hectic schedules. It is causing lots of inconveniences to the patients with all pain and no gain at all.
Tricare is one of Express Scripts clients which are the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. Walgreens even offered during negotiations that they can guarantee for a price match or even beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network. Walgreens take the initiative in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle, but these offers were rejected.
With all these inconveniences, they are offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is being offered to minimize the disruption they encountered. Any individual can join during the special promo on January for only $5 or $10 for a family membership and will receive savings in 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.
I encourage everyone to voice out of how you feel about not using your Walgreen you may contact the local media and voice out your dissatisfaction.
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