This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
Walgreens is a favorite neighborhood drugstore of many but they have recently lost a negotiation that will have many negative effects on those in our communities, the cost of prescription drugs and even military families.
Walgreens was negotiating a new contract with Express Script, a popular pharmacy provider that works with health insurances declined negotiations and as of January 1, 2012, Walgreens is no longer part of the their in network. You can the details of this at Walgreens and Express Script.
Ultimately this means that those who use Express Script's and who have used Walgreens for years and have built relationships with their pharmacist will have to relocate to a new pharmacy that is possibly farther away and could potentially cost more per prescription. And as a result the neighborhood pharmacy could start to be diminished because of Express Script's push to use mail order prescription plans.
Walgreens doesn't want to see communities and individuals hurt this way so they have developed the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. They are offering a special prescription savings club to ease the burden of higher costs and farther distances to new pharmacy's. For $5 per individual or $10 per family, Walgreens customers can become members that allow them to receive discount prices on their prescriptions.
So if this Express Script and Walgreens dispute has left you facing higher prescription costs and inconvenient pharmacy options, then hurry in by January 31, 2012 to sign up for the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.