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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Walgreens aims to help customers caught in the middle of the Express Scripts changes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Express Scripts decided not to enter into a new contract with Walgreens. This decision has forced pharmacy patients to go to in-network pharmacies to use their benefits.
 
Some patients now have to find new  pharmacists and drive out of their way to get their prescriptions. This is a problem for patients because Walgreens offers more 24 hours and drive-thru  pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country. Patients are also paying increased rates for this new hassle. Customers do not want to be forced to leave their Walgreens pharmacists they have built personal relationships with. Please read the press release to learn more about the Walgreens and Express Scripts dispute. 
 
 
Tricare is one of Express Scripts' Clients that run the health and prescription program for the America's military.  This could force our military personnel to go elsewhere to fill prescriptions. Also, since Walgreens offers competitive rates military personnel could pay more for prescriptions. Walgreens offered to match or beat the average costs of prescriptions at other pharmacies. Express Scripts has rejected this other as well. They refuse  to come up with some type of negotiation so the military personnel do not find themselves in the middle of this dispute.
 
I recommend that everyone who is affected by the current changes with their Express Scripts plan call their local media and voice their dissatisfaction. We all can draw some attention to this problem because Express Scripts profits continue to rise while customers suffer. Express Scripts have seen its profits grow two times the rate of its peers in the health care industry. We need to bring attention to this because Express Scripts in the middlemen and their profits outweigh the providers. This could become a problem because more community pharmacies will be forced to close their doors.
 
 
Only certain Express Scripts' patients are affected so check the back of your prescription insurance card. If your card has Express Scripts on the back of it you are affected. If your prescription insurance card doesn't then you are not affected by the new changes. Walgreens wants to help those affected by offering a discount on their Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. Walgreens prescription savings club be purchased for $5 for individuals, $10 for a family during the month of January. Members receive savings to more than 8,000 brand names and generic medications. Under this prescription savings club  more than 400 generics have three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Express Scripts' patients should take advantage of this savings club  because regular annual membership is $20 for individuals and $35 for a family. Besides, the  savings on prescriptions you can save on flu shots, diabetic supplies, and Walgreens brand products. . 
 
 
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