Walgreens is known all over the United States as being the go to place for prescriptions and many of our shopping needs. This is why the news about the partnership between Walgreens and Express Scripts that it will be ending soon is very concerned. What many of us did not know is that Walgreens and Express Scripts have been in negotiation for a while, but they could not come up with a new contract by January 1, 2012. During the negotiations Walgreens was not asking for a price increase. Yet 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. The truth is that other pharmacies charge more for some prescriptions, while dispensing less generic drugs. Also most other pharmacies may not offer 90-day refills like Walgreens does to their customers which end up being more cost efficient then 30-day refills.
What this means to you is, that Walgreens is no longer part of the Express Scripts pharmacy network. This includes all Walgreens nationwide as well as Duane Reade Pharmacies in the New York City area. This also means that if you used the Walgreens pharmacy to fill all your prescription needs and you are part of the Express Scripts network you will need to find a different place to fill your prescriptions. This situation will affect the US Military families because they are connected with the Tricare network for their prescriptions and the Tricare network is affiliated with the Express Scripts network.
For more information on what Walgreens has decided to do is to try and help their loyal customers by offering you as the loyal customers 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.
Walgreens would also like to hear from each and every one of you to see how this has affected you. They would like to get your opinions and comments at Walgreens on Facebook or you can stay connected from Walgreens on Twitter. This way you can also voice your opinions for everyone to see what you as the customer really needs.