Walgreens Responds to the Express Script Problem

Walgreens Responds to the Express Script Problem

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.

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12 Comments on "Walgreens Responds to the Express Script Problem"

  1. Mister Teal January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am -      #1

    Walgreens should sell Bigs.

  2. Envoy January 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm -      #2

    Hey Admin! Are we joining the SOPA blackout on the 18th(or was it the 17th)?

  3. Sauroposeidon January 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm -      #3

    First time one of these sponsored articles might be of use to me. Thanks for posting this, I’ll definitely be looking in to it.

  4. admin January 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm -      #4

    @Envoy – I don’t think anyone but us would notice anything if we were to participate. While I think it’s extremely important that we crush SOPA, more voices contacting the government would be time better spent.

  5. Commander Cross January 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm -      #5

    @Grand General

    Its basically the Bill or us, isn’t it?
    Live or Die this week will be more critical than ever, its been tough but more may be asked of us to get the bill to save the site itself, will it?

  6. Sauroposeidon January 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm -      #6

    @ Admin
    Every lighter in that concert crowd waving their flame is but a drop in the bucket.. If you turned yours on in that crowd, who would notice? Just you. Just who ever is paying attention to you as well, perhaps. But what if everyone felt that way? It’s kind of like voting if your vote actually mattered. Everyone who follows a link or a picture to this site will see it, whether they post here or not, whether they’re new here or not. People who come here because their usual site is strangely black will also see this. Maybe it’ll help in some small way, maybe it won’t.. but it’s probably worth doing just incase, me thinks.

  7. Mister Teal January 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm -      #7

    Post every match anyone’s ever suggested on that day, thousands and thousands of matches.

  8. Mister Teal January 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm -      #8

    Also what is the blackout

  9. admin January 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm -      #10

    @Mister Teal – I would need about 3 months worth of time to post all the matches ever suggested. But, it does bring up an interesting question that I will ask in the recap for tomorrow.

  10. Commander Cross January 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm -      #11

    @Grand General

    When the time comes, I hope the question will have enough meaning to be worth the end result, sir.

  11. Turtle Commando January 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm -      #12

    Hey! I like Walgreens! There’s one just down the street from me that I go to all the time. Represent WG!!
    But seriously, Walgreens is pretty much my be all end all store unless I REALLY need some specialty ingredients for cooking.

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