Express Scripts acts as a middleman between pharmacies providing the health care service and employers and health care plans that pay for the medications. Employers value having Walgreens as a pharmacy option for their employees, but Express Scripts wants to take that option away.
For the past year, Walgreens and Express Scripts have tried to negotiate their contract. On December 31st, the contract expired with no renewal. Express Scripts Inc has decided that Walgreens will no longer be in it's network, doing so has upset thousands of customers.
What does this mean for current Walgreens prescription customers?
Walgreens will still continue to offer customers their competitive pricing, discounts with generic drugs, and bigger discounts for 90 day supplies of medication, instead of three 30 day supplies.
They are also offering special savings on their Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens for the month of January. Individuals can get the savings plan for $5, and families can get the plan for only $10! This savings plan gives discounts on more then 8,000 brand name and generic prescription medications. More than 400 generic medications are available with a three-month supply for as little as $1 a week. The regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family so this is a huge savings!
Walgreens wants to let all it's customers know that they no longer will work with a middle man, and that they care about their communities. Walgreens is a great place to get prescriptions filled, especially in emergency situations.
They are also a great place to get your annual flu shot. Sometimes getting to the doctors office just doesn't work with your busy schedule. However, with Walgreens convenient hours, you can walk-in, get your flu-shot and get on with your day without the hassle or cost of visiting your doctors office.