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If you haven’t heard already, Walgreens and Express Scripts tried to negotiate a new contract to continue as part of it’s pharmacy provider network. Unfortunately, the negotiations were unsuccessful, and the contract expired on December 31st. As a result, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of January 1, 2012. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Read pharmacies in the New York City area.
While I was not personally affected by this, I wanted to share how this does affect other Americans. Express Scripts puts America’s military in the middle. This also affects many patients under an Express Scripts plan that used Walgreens pharmacies. Walgreens unveiled a comprehensive national effort to make this transition as smooth as possible an is doing all it can to help patients continue to use Walgreens when possible, or take care of them as they are forced to leave Walgreens in order to use their in-network coverage.
Among the steps Walgreens is taking to minimize the disruption is offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. More than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.
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