You would think that a company would want to make their service easily accessible to their customers right? Not so with Express Scripts’. Clearly they dropped the ball this passed December when it failed to successfully negotiate it’s Walgreens and Express Scripts contract. By not reaching an agreement, thousands of customers can no longer use one of the largest pharmacy chains because as of January 1, 2012, it is no longer part of the Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network.
Customers are upset and rightly so. Many people who have had the same pharmacist for years are now having to go find a new one and with many Walgreens having more 24 hour pharmacies then any other company, a lot of people are worried about not being able to get their prescription when they need it. This has really hit Military folks pretty hard as Express Scripts’ is part of the Military health and prescription drug program Tricare.
In the past Walgreens and Express Scripts’ have been able to team up and offer some really great saving to their customers. Now many customers may see prices rise because of lack of competition and decreased generic drug options. Walgreens is at least trying to lesson the financial burden. By participating in the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens people can save receive savings on almost 8000 brand name and generic drugs. As many as 400 of these generic drugs are available with a 3-month supply at only $1 a week! Walgreens is having a special January promotion where individuals can join for only $5 and Family’s for only $10!
If you are one of the thousand of Walgreens customers affected by Express Scripts consider talking to your local media about your concerns! Support your local Walgreens pharmacy by cutting out the Express Scripts’ middleman. You can find out more information and keep informed by following Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook.