It continues to amaze me on a daily basis how much my family spends on prescriptions every year. I think we are special at the amount we have to spend since we have two with asthma, one with a skin condition and my own side effects after having Cervical Cancer. Wow do we spend a ton on prescriptions! The sad thing is even just one of the prescriptions we fill monthly can be enough to break the bank.
How many of you have used Walgreens and Express Script Program in the past to help with the high costs of prescriptions? Did you know for the past year, Walgreens has negotiated with Express Scripts for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. Walgreens has sadly reported the 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.
Express Scripts’ actions are causing disruption with no significant benefit to patients or their health plan. Patients covered by an Express Scripts plan not only have to change their pharmacists, but many are having to drive farther to get prescriptions filled at pharmacies with less convenient hours. As a working mother with a young family hours of operation is a huge issue.
What a waste on Express Scripts’ part as Walgreens offers more 24-hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country!!
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 without Walgreens because we offer competitive pricing, additional savings by dispensing less expensive generic drugs more often than other pharmacies, and savings through 90-day supplies of medications at our retail pharmacies versus three, 30-day refills.
Walgreens cares so much about their patients and soon to be patients that they have created a new and innovative program for their patients to help offset this mindless choice by Express Scripts.
One person can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership. So affordable and you and your family would receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. Plus more than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family. Even paying full price, Walgreen’s can save you a small fortune. You can also receive discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies. And don’t forget added bonus when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services.
Come on everyone and show your support to Walgreens. Stand up and show that Walgreens actually cares for their patients. Stay up to date on Walgreens via Walgreens on Facebook and Walgreens on Twitter @Walgreens.