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Have you heard about the issue between Walgreens and Express Scripts?
Express Scripts acts as a middleman between pharmacies providing the health care service and employers and health plans who pay for the medications. As of January 1, 2012, Express Scripts Inc. has decided that Walgreens will no longer be in it’s network.
According to a press release provided by Walgreens, some users are already upset about this. Some U.S. military personnel, family members, retirees and others in the Department of Defense Tricare pharmacy benefits program have already signed a petition demanding access to Walgreen and a survey of 823 employers showed that 82% of them would not exclude Walgreens for less than 5 percent savings on their total pharmacy spenda and 21 percent would not exclude Walgreens from their network regardless of the amount of savings.
A statement from Walgreens stated that they offered a guarantee that Walgreens prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network during the negotiations. Walgreens did this in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle – to help support and serve the troops.
To minimize the disruption, Walgreen is offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on 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.
You can read more about this issue between Walgreens and Express Scripts and if you’re upset about not being able to use Walgreens, you can contact your local media and voice your dissatisfaction.