Walgreens and Express Scripts have been negotiating for a new contract and sad to say, it was unsuccessful. Express Scripts is a pharmaceutical provider network for Walgreens and the latter's contract expired last December 31, 2011. As a result of the unsuccessful negotiation, Express Scripts has dropped Walgreens from its pharmacy network list.
The company said that this decision would not have any effect for the patients but, in all reality it really does! Because of this dispute, the health plan of the patients are greatly affected including the clients of Tricare which is the health and prescription drug program for the men and women in uniform. Most of the clients are searching for an alternative network for their pharmacy benefits. Other pharmacies do not have the convenient hours offered by Walgreens so; patients will definitely experience the inconvenience. Check out the press release here: Dispute.
Some of the holder of Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens under the Express Scripts plan will be forced to find another pharmacy. Walgreens Pharmacy wanted to accommodate all of them but now, they are forced to leave Walgreens system to use the coverage stated in their contract. Walgreens wanted to offer lower price of prescriptions and the convenience but, Express Scripts rejected the proposal. I am dismayed with this facts! How about you? You can express your thoughts thru Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook. If you are a customer of Walgreens, share your thoughts now.