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For the past year, Walgreens and Express Scripts have been going through negotiations for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. To continue providing a easy, safe and always open environment for their many customers with health issues. 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 includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area. This poses a real problem, for you and even me!
I get my migraine medicine routinely at Walgreens because its close, convenient, and what? always open. They also have great customer service and manners, willing to answer all questions. I find this all severely annoying. Anyone covered by an ExpressScripts plan now has to find a new pharmacy, drive further, keep to the new stores NON-24 hours service, and they may even have to prepare for a increase on costs! During negotiations, Walgreens offered to hold rates for a new contract flat and did not seek an increase in rates. Clearly, ExpressScripts dose not care about their customers, but only the money lining their already thick wallets. Walgreens, in spite of all this, has even created a Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens for their still loyal customers. Their about the people, not the pay.
Express Scripts itself has stated that clients will not see any significant savings from excluding Walgreens from its network. In Fact, costs may even go up!In fact, one of Express Scripts’ clients is Tricare, which is the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. During negotiations Walgreens offered a contract to guarantee prices would match or beat all prescriptions in pharmacies in the Tricare Network. Walgreens did this in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle. They were rejected.
Employers value having Walgreens as a pharmacy option for their employees, but Express Scripts wants to take that choice away. Express your opinion! Contact your local media, and find Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook to let them know what you think about this greedy travesty.