This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
No matter how old or youthful you are, we all need medicine at some point in time in our lives. For the elderly, that mean more frequently than most people who read this site.
But, we all have parents and grandparents that need their meds in order to live life comfortably everyday. I have three Walgreens Pharmacies within 5 miles of my house and with the kids, my wife and I use the Take Care Clinic service they have frequently. It saves time, money and you can get the meds right there too.
So why am I telling you all of this, and more importantly, why should you care?
For the past year, Walgreens and Express Script have been discussing a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. Those negotiations were unsuccessful, and the contract expired on Dec. 31. As a result, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1, 2012.
This move impacts many who rely on in-network pharmacy benefits and potentially increase their cost of getting their medicine. My Mother-in-Law lives on a fixed income. Believe it or not, a $5 price increase for her diabetes medicine is a big deal to her.
This situation of forcing pharmacy patients to go elsewhere to use their in-network pharmacy benefits was unnecessary. Express Scripts’ actions are causing disruption with no significant benefit to patients or their health plan. Patients covered by an Express Scripts plan now find themselves not only having to change their pharmacists, but many are having to drive farther to get prescriptions filled at pharmacies with less convenient hours for their hectic schedules. For the case of my mother-in-law she now needs to walk an extra mile to get her medicine.
For her, it’s another level of stress that she has to cope with.
But, Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is the answer.
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.
If you have any health issues, you know how quickly medical expenses can escalate out of control. In today’s world of being critical of everyone, let’s take a moment to applaud Walgreens in trying to maintain a cost-effective plan so that the people who need their meds can still get them.