I thought I would share this with you all, as this effects my family, I am sure it will some of you too. My son's dad is in the Army, giving him TriCare insurance. Since the negotiations between Walgreens and Express Scripts were unsuccessful, they will not be accepting his insurance any longer, making it more difficult for me to get his prescriptions picked up, as I do not have a car. I know a lot of people who use Walgreens that can pick them up for us if they are out. Now Walmart is just a parking lot away, but a there are people, like myself, who just do not want to deal with the Walmart drama to pick up a simple script. I loved that Walgreens was a nice environment with friendly employees. My family loved their deals and Register Rewards Program where we saved BIG. I had my own little Walgreens ritual, I would drop off the scripts, look around for things I needed to purchase, see how much I could save with Register Rewards, plus coupons, and have that all done and in the car before they had the prescription filled. Sometimes they beat me to check out, but that was killing 2 birds with one stone, and saving some money at the same time.
Now, I will give you some information pertaining to the contract expiration, since I am done with my rant... Express Scripts themselves have stated that it is not going to save the patients anything. In fact, costs may even go up without Walgreens because we offer competitive pricing, additional savings by dispensing less expensive generic drugs more often than other pharmacies, and savings through 90-day supplies of medications at our retail pharmacies versus three, 30-day refills.
I usually don't copy and past a lot of information but this stuff is non interchangeable, so just to make sure I don't mix it up here:
"Many patients under an Express Scripts plan have used Walgreens pharmacies for years and have a personal relationship with their Walgreens pharmacist. In an effort to minimize their disruption and inconvenience, Walgreens unveiled a comprehensive national effort to make this transition as smooth as possible and 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.