I love living 5 minutes from Walgreens! When I am in a bind, even on Christmas, they are open and ready to help! I love them even more after discovering their fight to negotiate with Express Scripts. Unfortunately, after no success, Walgreens is no longer part of the Express Scripts' pharmacy provider network. Express Scripts themselves stated that their clients will not see any significant savings from excluding Walgreens from their network, but negotiations were still not successful.
Many patients under an Express Scripts plan have used Walgreens pharmacies for years and have personal relationships with their Walgreens pharmacist. Walgreens has made a national effort to make this transition as smooth as possible and is doing all they can to help patients continue to use Walgreens when possible, or take care of them as they are forced to leave in order to use their in-network coverage. Express Scripts wants customers to use their own mail order pharmacy business instead of their community pharmacy whenever possible. This could threaten all community drugstores in your area!
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 Express Scripts an ironclad guarantee that their prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network. They did this in effort to prevent our county's military personnel from being caught in the middle. Express Scripts continues to refuse to negotiate a separate contract for the benefit of the Tricare program and its beneficiaries.
I am encouraging you to support Walgreens in this fight, by liking them on Facebook and following them on twitter @Walgreens. See links below for more information!