If you are a Walgreens customer, you may be affected by a recent change between Walgreens and Express Script. After almost a year of negotiations, Walgreens and Express Script were unable to come to an agreement that would allow patients with Express Script managed insurance plans to continue filling prescriptions at Walgreens.
Walgreens has stated that they did not seek an increase in rates for a new contract. However, Express Script’s insistence on being able to unilaterally define contract terms was a deal breaker.
Who all is affected?
Patients with certain prescription drug plans managed by Express Scripts are impacted. It is best to check with your local Walgreens Pharmacist to see if you are impacted by this change. You can also check the back of your prescription card. If it says Express Scripts, you may be effected.
America’s Military is even affected by this split, as Express Scripts is the manager for Tricare, the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women.
I have a long standing relationship with my Pharmacy staff and feel very comfortable with them. Fortunately, I am not affected by any of this. It would be very inconvenient, not to mention the potential for increased costs.
Walgreens is taking steps to minimize the disruption for customers. They are currently offering a discount on annual membership for their Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. An individual can join during a special January promotion for $5, $10 for a family membership, to receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic prescriptions.