As of December 31st, 2011, Walgreens no longer has a contract with Express Scripts. “Why is this a big deal?” you may ask. Well, Walgreens is one of the largest pharmacy chains, and Express Scripts is one of the largest prescription middle-men. When Walgreens and Express Scripts cannot work together, customers like you and I suffer. Basically, if you insurance company uses the Express Scripts program, you will not be able to fill your prescription at Walgreens. If Walgreens happens to be the only pharmacy in your town, you’ll have to travel elsewhere. With soaring gas prices, no one wants to do that! Even if Walgreens isn’t the only source for prescriptions, you should be able to use whichever pharmacy you want, shouldn’t you?
This issue particularly affects military families on Tricare. Walgreens wants to keep prices down for the troops and their family, and even offered to negotiate the Tricare part of the contract separately, offering to match or beat prescription prices for all the other pharmacies in the Tricare network. Those of you with friends and family in the service already know that even the smallest savings can help when you’re trying to get by on a military salary. I was a Navy wife for years, and spent a few of those years on Tricare. I would be livid if someone took away an option that could save me money.
Since Walgreens’ hands are pretty much tied with the Express Scripts program, they’re trying to find other ways to help . The Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens can help save money on the cost of your prescriptions by offering discounts on over 8,000 different medications, and Walgreens is offering a special discount on the annual membership through January 31st, 2012. You can show your support and keep up on what’s going on by following Walgreens on Twitter and liking Walgreens on Facebook. If you want to take it a step further, contact your local media and voice your dissatisfaction over the issues between Walgreens and Express Scripts.