Across the United States many people have been affected by the fact that Express Scripts has not continued its partnership with Walgreens as part of its pharmacy provider network. This means that people whose prescriptions are covered by Express Scripts can no longer utilize their normal Walgreens pharmacy and the pharmacists they have come to know and value. It also means that people are having to find new pharmacies that may not be as convenient to their home or work.
This decision also affects approximately 6 million military beneficiaries who are covered by Tricore, which is part of the Express Scripts coverage. For more detailed information, read the December 8, 2011 Walgreens press release detailing some of the happenings between Walgreens and Express Scripts. So far, over 250,000 Tricore beneficiaries and supporters have signed petitions asking Express Scripts to re-negotiate its contract with Walgreens.
If you are one of the millions affected by this action, you can contact your local media outlets to voice your concerns and dissatisfaction.
Walgreens wants to help those affected, and they are offering discounts on their Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens for those who join between now and January 31, 2012. Discounted rates are $10/family, $5/individual - see the link for details and more information.