This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
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For those of you who haven't heard yet, Express Scripts has announced that starting January 1, 2012 Walgreens will no longer be a part of their pharmacy provider network. This brought about a lot of fuss and worries to many people.
As we all know, Walgreens has been everybody's place to go if they need prescription medicines and other health related emergencies. Its considered to be as the most accessible and convenient pharmacy as its located in almost every place, with some stores offering drive through and 24-hour services. This seems to be a very good thing, until this Walgreens and Express Scripts dispute happened. This brought about sadness and anger to some customers and benificiaries because they are now looking for other places to buy medicines and stuffs. What used to be easy and accessible has now become a hassle because they have to drive more or less an hour just to find another pharmacy that will cater to their needs.
This issue has become alarming as more and more consumers are already complaining about this. And according to a news that I have read online (link: http://www.stlbeacon.org/health-science/health/115182-consumers-inconvenienced-by-walgreens-express-scripts-split), this could be a possible threat to America's health care.
Tricare is another member network of Express Scripts, and is the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. Before the contract ended, Walgreens has been negotiating with Express Scripts, offering to match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network. This was the only way for Walgreens to help the Military troops from being caught in the middle.But even after all the struggles in negotiating, Walgreens' contract still ended.
Even though this whole issue is entirely bad news, Walgreens has thought of a way to at least ease the burden on its customers. They have kindly offered a special discount to those who avails of a Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. This would mean that a family membership can already cover everybody in the family which includes a spouse and dependents who are 22 years old and below, as well as pets for only $10 a year. Anybody can join for only $5, and you can also receive other benefits such as discounts and huge savings on over 8,000 medicines and prescriptions. For more information about this program you can visit http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/psc/psc_overview_page.jsp
I know how disappointing this can be, especially to those people who are deeply affected by this sudden change. And it would be of great help if you guys can also extend your support to Walgreens by following Walgreens on Twitter . You can also get updated with the latest news and happening especially with regards to this issue by liking Walgreens on Facebook.