Sunday, January 15, 2012

Walgreens and Express Script: You mean I have to change my pharmacy?

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here is a topic near and dear to me. I made the concsious decision as a military mom to take my children to an off post provider. I know what you are thinking, "so, what does that mean"? Well it means that my kids are not seen by care providers on post, meaning their prescriptions are written by a care provider off post and usually filled in pharmacies off post. My kids are little so the easiest thing for me to do is drop my prescriptions off at a drive thru pharmacy and then pick it up later in the same manner The kids stay in the car and it's lots less of a hassles. Lucky for me, there was a drive thru pharmacy at the Walgreens down the street from me! PERFECT.

Well it was perfect until the Walgreens and Express Script story hit the press. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about the WHOLE store through the news, instead I got a letter in the mail telling me that I could no longer get my prescriptions filled at Walgreens. You better believe I was mad at Walgreens, well until I read this (I felt it important to re-print the exact words from the press release from the link above):

During negotiations, Walgreens took the unprecedented step of offering Express Scripts an ironclad guarantee that Walgreens prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network.  Walgreens did this in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle. 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.

So Walgreens did fight for the military families and I'm relieved to hear this! However, military families weren't the only ones effected! Many other families have insurance providers that also use Express Scripts and now they are on the search (much like I was) to find other pharmacies to fill their prescriptions. So what is Walgreens doing? Well they are trying to help with their new Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.  For $10 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and Even pets. Individuals may join for $5. Benefits include:

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

If you want to learn more about the Prescription Savings plan or keep abreast of the Express Script negotations then follow Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook.

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