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Some blogger friends talk about the partnership issue between Walgreens and Express Script. What happen between them? This is not about infotainments issue but this is important news about medical and health care issue. According the news that I heard, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts, yeap... the relation partnership between them are break up.
For the past year, Walgreens has negotiated with Express Scripts for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. Unfortunately, those negotiations were unsuccessful, and the contract are expired on Dec. 31. As a result, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1, 2012. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area.
Walgreens is one of the largest pharmacy chains, and Express Scripts is one of the largest prescription middle-men. No longer relationship between Walgreens and Express Script means, if your health care insurance companies use Express Script (customers are caught in the middle, including members of the military in Tricare, an Express Scripts client) then you have to find and purchase your prescriptions somewhere else. Even after you have built a friendship with your local Walgreens and know that in many locations you can make use of their 24 hour service. In short you lose the right to choose who you want to use as your pharmacy because you’re insurance will only work with Express Scripts and they are no longer affiliated with Walgreens. During the negotiations Walgreens was not asking for a price increase. In response Express Scripts wanted to have full control over what constitutes generic and non-generic prescriptions and they wanted to slash Walgreens reimbursement to levels LOWER than industry standards. This is something that would simply not work.
Don't be upset, Walgreens wants you to continue being there customer and they are trying to minimize any disruption by offering a special discount on its annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. An individual can join for $5.00 ($10.00 for a family) and receive savings on up to 8,000 brand name and generic medications. More than 400 are available for a three month supply at only $1.00 per week. Regular membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family. This is a huge savings off the regular membership price.
If this really upsets you and you believe you will be affected by this change. Walgreens would like to hear from you, they would like to know and have you to express your opinions by commenting and hitting “Like” within the Walgreens on Facebook or Walgreens on Twitter.