Walgreens Express Scripts

13 Jan

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

Recently, if you have been reading my blog you all know I spent some time in the hospital due to a concussion.  With many of the prescriptions that I take, it’s always great to have a one stop pharamacy that I know I am getting the best price on my prescription drugs and have friendly helpful service. A great pharmacy for this is Walgreens, however, recently, some things have changed at Walgreens due to the Express Scripts Program not negotiating with Walgreens.

Walgreens and Express Scripts were in negotiations for a year to try and make sure that Walgreens is an in-network provider for Express Scripts.  Walgreens did not ask for an increase in price during the contract,they simply wanted things to stay the same during this tough economy, and now families are being inconvinenced due to Express Scripts not getting their act together.  Their actions are causing a disruption in their patients services with no benefits to the patients.  Now patients are having to driver farther or pay more for their prescriptions when in the past, they were easily located at their neighborhood Walgreens.  While Express Scripts claims their patients will not see an increase in cost, other pharmacies don’t have some of the same options that Walgreens have, so there is a possibility of costs increasing. 

Express Scripts also works with our military Tricare network.  Walgreens promised to beat or match any prices of any other pharmacy in the Tricare network.  Now, with the negotiations not going through, our service men and woman and their families have the possibility to pay more for their prescriptions.  Their time with their loved ones is precious.  They don’t need to spend it running around to different pharmacies. 

Walgreens and Express Script

Feel free to read more in the press release above. 

What is Walgreens doing to help with this disruption? Walgreens Prescription Savings Club

They are offering their own Prescription Savings Club to help make sure you can keep your families medicine at the same place.  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. Not only does it save you some money, but it has these great benefits as well:

  • Savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic medications
  • Discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies
  • Bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services

What can you do to help?  Support your local Walgreens and stay up to date by following them on Facebook and Twitter. I know I will.

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One Response to “Walgreens Express Scripts”

  1. Sarah January 14, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    As a pharmacist working at another pharmacy, I have been fighting against the notion that costs will increase. While other pharmacies may not offer the same discount plans as Walgreens, the co-pay of the medication through Express Scripts will remain the same. If you are looking for pharmacies still accepting Express Scripts and Tricare Publix, CVS, Target, and Walmart are all still accepting it. I believe that both Walmart and Target have $4 prescription plans for some generic medications – similar to Walgreens – and Publix has 2 maintanence medications that they offer for free. So again, there are options and while it is sad to have to go from one pharmacy where you have been established, the other pharmacies out there are doing their best to help you out. We have spent every day since the news came out explaining that co-pays would be the same and explaining the other services our respective pharmacies offered in order to make the transition smooth.

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